Few nations can claim to do romance quite like the French, and Grace’s Madeleines are the perfect vintage dessert to add a touch of French flair to your Valentine’s day. And if you are like Grace and have a tradition of hiding a small treat in your children’s lunch box on Valentines, they make the perfect stowaway.


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Recipe type: South African
  • 2 Eggs (100g)
  • 100 Gr Caster Sugar
  • 100 Gr Flour (Extra For Dusting Tin)
  • 40 ml Lemon Juice
  • Zest Of One Lemon
  • 3 ml Baking Powder
  • 100 Gr Melted Butter (Cooled Slightly)
  1. Grease a Madeleine tray and dust with flour. Tap off excess flour and set aside. You may freeze the tray for a larger 'pearl'
  2. Whisk eggs and sugar until light and airy.
  3. Fold in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 60 minutes or overnight. 60 Minutes
  4. Preheat oven to 200C. Fill each shell three-quarters of the way with cool batter.
  5. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. There should be a small rise in the centre. This is called the "pearl" 8 Minutes
  6. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tray and dusting with icing sugar.
  7. Best enjoyed fresh out the oven within the hour.