Candied Orange Madeleines
Today I’m partnering with Paradise Fruit Co. to bring you candied orange madeleines. While I’ve made these famous french butter cakes way back, I wanted to add a little surprise, and the sharpness of these delicious candied orange peels are the perfect kick.
I made these for a friend’s birthday – because we’re so busy during 4th year, months sneak by before we have a chance to hang out as a large group of friends. While I meet up with friends weekly, it’s very rare more than two or three people’s schedules match up simultaneously given our sub-internships, away / international rotations, studying for exams, and hectic interview schedule.
Now that our core rotations are officially over (l’m done with medical school exams forever!), it’s been awesome being able to catch up with everyone.
For most of my life, the “4th year” – in high school, in college, and now medical student – has always been a time of major decisions. Future plans, what work/projects to wrap up, career choices, etc are of course always in the forefront, but it’s also what relationships to cultivate since graduation year seems to be when we figure out the lasting friendships.
I’m a nostalgic person already (hence all my love of photography, journaling, scrapbooking), but graduation year always makes me hyperaware of time flying. I’m pretty good about keeping in touch with friends over the years. I suppose it comes from my mom, who’s circle of BFFs have been super tight for 30+ years.
One of my mom’s friends is not only my godmother but a nun in France (how awesome is that!) and gave us this gorgeous metal French madeleine pan.
Friendships are one of those mysteries in life – I can’t find any patterns to my friends that have lasted 5, 10, 15, and even 20 years (80% of my life) been since we’re all super different. To celebrate your friends, share with them these candied orange madeleines (roughly adapted from Joy of Baking). PS. Giving out madeleines a great way to make new friends too 😉
Candied Orange Madeleines
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 orange, zested
1/2 cup Paradise candied orange peels
In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar at high speed until the mixture is thick and pale in color (about 5-8 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract and orange zest. Stir in the candied orange. Gradually sift the flour mixture over the whipped eggs and gently fold in, using a rubber spatula. Do not over mix or the batter will deflate.
Then take about 1 cup of the batter and fold it into the warm melted butter in a bowl. (This lightens the butter making it easier to fold into the batter.) Then gently fold the butter mixture completely into the egg batter with a spatula. Cover and refrigerate the batter for at least an hour, preferably overnight (can be refrigerated up to three days).
When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Generously grease two Madeleine pans with butter (otherwise madeleines will stick and be hard to remove). Refrigerate the pans until the butter hardens.
Pour the batter into the madeleine molds, until just hitting the edges (do not overfill unless you want obese madeleines). This amount filled 16 molds for me.
Bake the madeleines for about 8 – 11 minutes, until the edges to be are golden brown. Do not overbake; the madeleine itself will be light colored.
Remove the pans from the oven, gently remove madeleines and let cool. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. Best eaten fresh, but madeleines can be frozen very easily.
These look absolutely delicious! I can't wait to make these for my friends and family!
I'm nostalgic too, my grandmother used to make waffles in a cast iron press that she still has. It's stunning. Your madeline pan is beautiful….must pop that on my list. I LOVE the pretty shapes of a madeline.xx
How pretty. Great color. I like the candied orange idea.
Yesss I'm adding this to my Christmas baking list!!!!
These look oh so good! I've never seen a pan like this however. Anyway, pinned it. I could always try a muffin pan 😉
Those look delicious. A 30+ year friendship is long, but I'm sure it full of love. I've known most of my friend's since high school, so it's been almost 10 yrs now. Keepin' til death… Lol.
Thank you. My godmother bought it in France! It's admittedly unipurpose but worth it (and makes for an impressive gift)
these are perfect for Christmas potlucks and gifts 🙂
I wasn't sure how the candied orange peels would taste (the ones I've had before were artificial, dry, and tough), but these were very juicy and delicious 🙂
You can buy them in kitchen stores or amazon. I've never tried this recipe in a muffin pan, but they're essentially butter cakes so I'm sure they would be fine. You just lose the pretty scallop shape 🙂
Time flies – I feel old even when thinking about high school haha. My oldest BFF (and who's a going to be my bridemaid) is from 1st grade!
Wow, these Candied Orange Madeleines look so delicious!! I am definitively going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing:)
you're so sweet! these look lovely, and i covet your pan. 🙂
These look heavenly!! I love madelines, but I've never tried them with candied oranges! Totally trying this out 🙂
Those look and sound incredible and I love how you peppered your post with a beautiful undertone of friendship and sharing! Can't wait to give them a try….and now, to find a Madeline pan! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your recipe!
These look amazing!! Never attempted madeleines, maybe I'll just have to try this recipe this weekend!
Look at that. Looks amazing. Love the personal touch with your stories :). Good going
Those look delightful! Yum!
These look absolutely delicious!
Hope it turns out well! 🙂 They taste as good as they look
the holidays are coming – put the madeleine pan on your christmas wish list 😉
I just make up recipes based on whatever ingredients I have. Enjoy!
Aw thanks 🙂 You can buy them online or in kitchen stores in metal (my fav) or silicone so best of luck. These pans are worth it!
good luck! don't worry – all the ingredients are very simple and the recipe is easy
Thanks – glad you like the stories ^_^
They look light and delicious =) Make for me please!
What a lovely recipe! My madeleines are perfect and super delicious. I made them with orange extract. Thanks Natalie:)
Recipe does not indicate when to add orange pees. Please help!