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Homeblogfood & Winesweets from Provence Recipe Honey and Lavender Madeleines – French Recipe

Updated: 7 days ago

From classic madeleines to lavender madeleines

I love to cook and most of all I love to bake pastries. At some point in time, I wanted to graduate to be a pastry chef. It must be said that since my first pregnancy, my love for baking has only increased. Besides, my kids love it and they love to cook too. So this is now a passion that we share.

One afternoon, I wanted to make madeleines for a snack. I really like traditional madeleines. But I wanted something out of the ordinary. I came across this recipe on the Internet for lavender madeleines.

I tried it and we all liked it. They were adopted. Since then, I have been making this recipe regularly on various occasions.

A little bit of history:

The madeleine would have been created in 1755 in the castle of Commercy. King Stanislas of Poland received Voltaire and Madame de Châtelet there. For the occasion, the king asked his cook, Madeleine, to bake a unique cake... The madeleine has since become a staple cake.


  • 2 large eggs

  • 2.8oz of sugar

  • 3.5oz of butter, melted and slightly cooled

  • 2 tbsp. of honey

  • 1 tsp. 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 3.5oz of flour

  • ¾ tsp. teaspoon of yeast

  • 2 tbsp. of dried lavender flowers.

Recipe steps

1. For the madeleines: preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Butter the madeleine pan with the melted butter and sprinkle with a little flour, tapping gently on the edges to remove excess.

2. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl until a pale, fluffy consistency is achieved. Add the melted butter, honey, lemon (juice and zest), lavender extract and the flour with baking powder. Add the dried lavender flowers and mix well.

3. Let stand for 20 minutes, then line the cavities of the madeleine mold with the preparation.

4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the madeleines have mounted and are lightly browned. Transfer the madeleines to a rack and let cool for a few minutes.

Do you know what a Proust Madeleine is?

A Proust madeleine is anything that takes a person back to his childhood, just like the smell of madeleines did with Marcel Proust. The expression is inspired by a passage from the book "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu" written by Marcel Proust.

I will be happy to receive your comments and photos when you try this recipe!

When you will come to my house for a French immersion homestay in Provence, I will be happy to help you discover the different facets of Provence like these ones but also landscapes and perfumes, culture… while helping you improve your French.

À bientôt en Provence !

Virginie In Provence

Find the video of the recipe made in my house at Rousset on Instagram @virginie_in_provence

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