I fell in love with these tiny golden tea cakes the first time I visited Fauchon, many years ago, and had my first delicious, freshly-baked madeleine from their pastry case.
Years later, when my partner and I were grocery shopping together for the first time, he caught me eyeing a madeleine baking pan, and bought it for me as a present. Naturally, I set out to perfect my madeleine technique and recipe. And madeleines became my sweetie’s preferred birthday treat.
Fast forward to this Summer. It’s an understatement to say I was nervous about getting my gluten-free madeleines recipe perfected. What if I couldn’t get them to brown properly? What if they didn’t have the right almost powdery texture?
Ugh. So many “ifs”!
Luckily, all that worrying was not necessary. Although they don’t have quite the same texture I am used to, they turned out very well. And I don’t think anyone would know these are gluten-free unless you told them so. But most importantly, the birthday boy loved them. I hope you love them too.
Finishing Touches for Your Gluten-free Madeleines
I like my madeleines plain, but there are a few ways to make them even prettier. Consider dusting them with a sifting of powdered sugar right before serving. If chocolate’s your passion, melt a half package of your favorite milk chocolate chips in a double boiler and dip the tips of your madeleines into the chocolate.