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French Madeleines With Rose Water

Hand holding a madeleines and a rose
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French Madeleines! Yum! Giving a twist to a classic recipe is not always a success. However, this rose water flavour added to the madeleines is perfect! The buttery and airy treat is complemented by a subtile rose flavour. A match is made for this classic French pastry.

During the recipe testing, my goal was to ensure to keep a moist French madeleine and add a surprising flavour but delicious rose flower taste. It took a few batch to find the perfect balance for a subtil taste but not overpowering.

Another goal was to nail the famous bump on the madeleine. I made some before but the bump was a hit and miss. However, now, I understood the science behind it!

Precious tips for great Rose Water French Madeleines

One:

Read carefully the recipe. Follow each steps and here is one I found is really important for a nice and airy madeleine. Do sift the flour and add gradually. The texture will be better.

Two:

The rose flower is an interesting taste to your French Madeleines. Three teaspoons is just the perfect amount to some taste but not overpowering. I had done a batch, it was like eating perfume, ahah!

Three:

The bump. Ah the famous bump on the French Madeleines. It’s all about temperature, shock of temperature. When your madeleines batter is ready, set it aside in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. At that time, preheat the oven to 420F. Place the madeleines mold filled with the batter in the oven for 6 minutes and then, drop the temperature to 350F. Boom! All this steps will create a beautiful and authentic bump on your rose water French madeleines.

Rose water madeleines with a rose in front of the madeleines mold.
Hand holding a white dish filled with rose water French madeleines and a rose

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

Rose Water French Madeleines

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: buttery, french, gouter, madeleines, rose water, snack
Servings: 30 madeleines

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs medium size
  • 150 g sugar 3/4 cup
  • 3 tsp rose water
  • 150 g flour 1 and 1/2 cup
  • 125 g butter soften 1 stick
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix the eggs and sugar until foamy. Add the rose water, mix some more.
    Ingredients for rose water Madeleines
  • Sift the flour and make sure there are no lumps.
    Ingredients for rose water Madeleines
  • Incorporate the butter. Mix well. Use a hand mixer if you prefer.
  • Add the baking power and mix.
  • Allow the preparation to rest in the fridge for 30 min to an hour.
  • Preheat the oven at 420F (or 220C)
  • Put one tablespoon of the mixture in each madeleine mold and place in the oven at 420F (220C) for 6 minutes and drop the temperature to 350F (180C) and bake another 6 minutes.
    Molds filled with rose water madeleines batter
  • Take out of the oven and allow to cool.
    Rose water madeleines out of the over with the bump.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Mum
    August 27, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Humm !!!very nice !👍😉

  • Reply
    Byron E Thomas
    August 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Wow – they look perfect! I love madeleines, but I don’t have a madeleine pan. Could I bake these in a small muffin pan? Or would they work on a baking sheet? I’m afraid that the batter would spread too much if it wasn’t placed in a little cavity like the ones in a madeleine pan. What are your thoughts?

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      August 28, 2019 at 1:20 am

      Thank you Byron! I would say mini muffin pans or even a cake pan. I have never tried it but I think it would be safe to try. Keep an eye on the cooking as it might varies depending on the size of the ‘madeleines’.

  • Reply
    Gunjan
    August 27, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I love these Madeleines. Next time I am doubling it up so my family can enjoy these for longer time.

  • Reply
    cheesecurdinparadise
    August 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    These are so lovely. When I was in France I had so much fun trying all of the different baked goods. These would have certainly been on my list!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      August 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      There are so many French patries, so many to try!

  • Reply
    pegasuslegend
    August 28, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I have been trying to find a pan to make these here for months now, I finally lucked out and got a nice one ! Cant wait to try this!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      August 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Ahhh so no excuse now 😉

  • Reply
    alwaysusebutter
    August 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Oh I love a good madeleine!! Never knew that bump was actually a thing so thanks for teaching me soemthing today!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      September 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      It is a French thing maybe! It makes it look more authentic and I love a little challenge!

  • Reply
    Linda
    August 29, 2019 at 12:56 am

    These madeleines are so beautiful and so easy to make. I’ve been wanting to bake something with rose water and this is a good start. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      September 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Let me know when you do Linda! The rose water adds such a nice flavour!

  • Reply
    Leslie
    August 30, 2019 at 2:22 am

    This recipe would be so fun to make for a brunch with friends or book club. Love it!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      September 1, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Any event is a good excuse 😉

  • Reply
    Ramona
    August 31, 2019 at 7:22 am

    This is a great recipe, I’m saving it and will be making it again and again. Beautiful flavours, moist and delicious. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      September 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Aww thank you Ramona, let me know if you bake them!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    September 3, 2019 at 10:27 am

    My mom is madeleines expert. I never actually try to make it my self. Looked so complicated. But now with your recipe and step by step instructions I might just give it a try. Love the addition of rose water in these. Sounds yum!

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