Orange & Thyme Madeleines

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This recipe celebrates the delicate and fluffy madeleine with a balanced infusion of citrus orange and floral thyme. They make the perfect treat for a summertime afternoon tea.

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: 18


  • 3 eggs
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 2 oranges, zested plus 2 tbsp juice
  • 85g plain flour
  • 4 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 125g lightly salted butter, melted
  • 60ml water
  • 60ml sugar
  • 125ml fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven at 190°C.
  2. In a stand mixer, add the eggs and sugar and beat for 5 minutes. The mixture should be a thick consistency.
  3. Whisk in the orange zest until fully combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornflour, and baking powder.
  5. Using a metal spoon, gently fold the egg mixture into the flour then pour in the 100g of melted butter. Mix until a batter is formed.
  6. Rest the batter in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, grease a madeleine tray with the remaining melted butter then set aside for 2 minutes.
  8. Next, dust each mould with a little flour. Shake to cast and remove any excess.
  9. Pipe 2 tablespoons of batter into each mould – don’t go over ¾ as there must be space to rise.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until risen, peaked in the middle, and golden in colour.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 minute, then delicately transfer to a wire rack.
  12. Meanwhile prepare the drizzle. Add water, sugar, orange juice and half the thyme leaves to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring and then remove from heat.
  13. Brush the warm madeleines with the hot syrup then sprinkle with the remaining fresh thyme.
  14. Allow the madeleines to cool completely and then serve.