The gentle sweetness of condensed milk and honey is locked in these madeleines. You can taste the tart lemons. They are so fluffy, too. The smell of just-baked madeleines makes me so happy. Take a bite while they're still warm.
[Prepare the mold]
Brush butter (not listed) and sprinkle flour. Shake off excess and chill in the fridge.
[For the batter]
Put the ● ingredients in a bowl and stir well (by doing this, the lemon flavour penetrates through the dry ingredients and the flour will be sifted).
Put the ◯ ingredients in a different bowl and beat the eggs without forming bubbles. If you use salted butter, omit the salt.
Add the dry ingredients from Step 2 into Step 3 a little at a time. Hold the balloon whisk straight and rotate it slowly and carefully until all the lumps are gone.
When the batter starts to look glossy, add honey and condensed milk (2 teaspoons of each).
Put the butter in a small sauce pan and heat to melt.
Drizzle Step 5 to 6 a little at a time and stir constantly.
The batter is done. Cover with cling film and leave to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. Do not skip this process. It's important.
Spoon the batter into the chilled mould tin (fill to 80% full). Bake on the top rack of a preheated oven to 200°C for 8 -10 minutes.
After they're cooled, remove from the mold carefully. They're good to eat immediately, but even better the next day.
On 23/11/2008 I changed the amount of plain flour 120 g to 100 g of plain flour + 20 g of ground almond to create a moister texture.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to use honey and condensed milk to make a dessert. This time I tried madeleines, which I love. The result was amazingly fluffy! I am not sure if the fluffiness comes from the condensed milk and honey, but I like the texture. After they're cooled, they became super moist. Do have a try.
Combine the ingredients carefully and with patience. If you're able to obtain a glossy batter, you'll have delicious madeleines without fail. The batter might look runny first, but by letting the batter rest, it will thicken.