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Chocolate Chilli Madeleines

The good folk at work gave me a voucher for a local kitchen shop for my birthday last year. It took me a while, but I finally spent it – on some silicone Madeleine moulds. Not only have I never made Madeleines before, but I don’t remember ever having eaten one either. So, it really was time to change this. I wasn’t entirely sure what they should be like, so it was Dan Lepard who I placed my faith in; I based my recipe on his Madeleines de Commercy from Short and Sweet. I used my usual half wholemeal, half white flour mix and substituted the vanilla extract for my homemade chocolate extract as well as swapping some of the flour for cocoa.

This is what I did:

  • Melted 75g unsalted butter gently in a small pan then set aside to cool.
  • Whisked 2 duck eggs and 75g golden caster sugar together for quite a long time it seemed, using electric beaters. Whisked until the mixture had trebled in volume and was pale and thick.
  • Sifted in 90g flour (half spelt, half white), 10g cocoa, 1/4 tsp cayenne and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda.
  • Folded this in as gently as possible trying not to lose too much air from the eggs.
  • Poured the butter in down one side of the bowl and folded this in together with 2 tsp chocolate extract until just incorporated.
  • Placed a tbsp of the mixture into 12 Madeleine moulds.
  • Finding I had quite a bit left over, I divided the remaining mixture between 5 muffin moulds.
  • Baked for 10 minutes at 200C until well risen and firm to the touch.
  • Turned out onto a wire rack to cool.
Hooray, my first Madeleines were a success. They turned out well, had the classic shell like shape and looked pretty. They tasted buttery, had a nice hit of cocoa and chilli and weren’t too sweet. I have no idea what the texture is meant to be like, but these were light and spongy. Unlike Proust, they didn’t take me back to my youth, but the Atkins & Potts chocolate spread did, vraiment.

37 Comments

  1. Angie's Recipes

    7th February 2013 at 8:31 am

    What an unique madeleines recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

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    • Choclette

      8th February 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks Angie. I’m a bit of a chilli fiend and especially like it combined with chocolate 🙂

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  2. Feisty Tapas

    7th February 2013 at 10:27 am

    Oh wow, they look fantastic, I’m not very brave with baking but these do look easy.

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    • Choclette

      8th February 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you. Yes, they weren’t at all hard to make and well worth the effort.

      Reply
  3. A.L.M.

    7th February 2013 at 12:03 pm

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  4. Susan Lindquist

    7th February 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Perfect looking! Love the chocolate and chili combo … very ‘Chocolat’

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Can’t help myself Susan, it’s one of my favourite combinations 🙂

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  5. Katharine

    7th February 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Beautiful, elegant madeleines – they look so light too, perfect!

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you Katharine. I think I;m going to have to do some more experimenting with madeleines.

      Reply
  6. Foodycat

    7th February 2013 at 2:53 pm

    They look perfect! I was given a madeleine tin years ago and I have never used it.

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Now that is truly shocking 😉

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  7. belleau kitchen

    7th February 2013 at 4:13 pm

    they look perfect and the way you’ve described them are, I think, exactly how a madeleine should be… beautiful!

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you Dom *breathes a huge sigh of relief* 🙂

      Reply
  8. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons

    7th February 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I love how you’ve Chocletted them to the full and with the chilli, too. Fabulous!

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Well Jill, I guess I could have really pulled the boat out and dipped them in chocolate too 😉

      Reply
  9. Kate@whatkatebaked

    7th February 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Whata thoughtful and kind gift and a great piece of kit to be spending it on! Lovely, lovely sounding madeleines!

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks Kate, I really must get it out and use it again 🙂

      Reply
  10. Alida

    7th February 2013 at 8:45 pm

    They look gorgeous Choclette. Elegant and inviting. Adding chilly is very exotic! Very nice.

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Alida, I’m a little bit addicted to chilli 😉

      Reply
  11. Janice Pattie

    7th February 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I love madeleines and I also have a silicon mould, should really use it more.

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  12. underthebluegumtree

    8th February 2013 at 3:20 pm

    They look fabulous. I really must buy myself a madeleine tray as I have so many recipes for them that I have never tried.

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Well worth getting as they are something fairly impressive you can whip up at short notice and they take virtually no time to cook.

      Reply
  13. Angela Darroch

    8th February 2013 at 6:42 pm

    These look so perfect and I love the addition of chilli.

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Angela – I have been know to sneak chilli into all sorts of thing 😉

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  14. Nutritious Deliciousness

    9th February 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I really want to taste these!! Choc and chilli love love love!

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Yay, another chilli chocolate lover 😀

      Reply
  15. Gloria

    9th February 2013 at 11:48 pm

    love these madeleines!!

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you Gloria, Madeleines make perfect little cakes.

      Reply
  16. Kim Carberry

    10th February 2013 at 6:52 pm

    WOW!! They look fantasic!! Bet they taste lovely too 🙂

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks Kim – modesty forbids me to say how lovely they tasted 😉

      Reply
  17. Phil in the Kitchen

    12th February 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I do love a madeleine and not just because it makes me feel Proustian. Mind you, Proust probably wouldn’t approve of chilli but I definitely would. Lovely idea.

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Haha Phil, you’re absolutely right, he wouldn’t have approved at all.

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  18. Janice Pattie

    17th February 2013 at 10:02 pm

    an excellent choice, did you see Michel Roux Jnr and Mary Berry making madeleines on Food and Drink last week?

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  19. Lucy Taylor

    22nd February 2013 at 4:35 pm

    wow they look perfect 🙂 will you be experimenting with more madeleines in the future?

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  20. JaynesDen

    12th March 2013 at 11:12 am

    These look gorgeous. A recipe to try out sometime soon.

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  21. Dee Johnson

    23rd March 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I made two cakes today, a Victoria sponge and a chocolate cake with cream filling. I would have loved to have tried these too they look lovely.

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