Pistachio & orange madeleines

Pistachio & orange madeleines

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 12 mins - 15 mins


Makes about 16
These beautiful shell-shaped light sponge cakes are ideal with a cup of tea, or serve with creamy desserts

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per madeleine

  • kcal116
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 100g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 85g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g pistachio
  • 25g crystallised orange peel or mixed peel
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 whole large egg, separated, plus 1 large egg white



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp orange blossom water
  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Liberally grease 16 madeleine moulds (or you could use tartlet tins), then sift over a light dusting of flour.

  2. Tip the pistachios into a mini chopper or food processor and grind until fairly fine but with a bit of texture. Chop the orange peel finely (not necessary if you are using ready-cut).

  3. Mix the flour, pistachios, orange peel and sugar in a large bowl. Put the melted butter, egg yolk and orange blossom water in a separate bowl and mix together with a fork.

  4. Whisk the 2 egg whites in a clean bowl until they form soft peaks. Fold the butter mixture into the dry ingredients, then fold in the egg whites using the whisk blades.

  5. Carefully spoon the mixture into the prepared moulds and bake for 12-15 mins until golden and firm to the touch. Cool for a few mins in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar to serve. Best eaten on the day.

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13th Jul, 2019
Living in France and made these for my neighbours today, they went down a treat and all wanted the recipe! Merci! All complimented how moist they were.
13th Apr, 2014
Delicious first attempt at madeleines. Have just made these, substituting cointreau for the orange blossom water. Lovely recipe, thank you.
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