April 20th, 2009


Date and Earl Grey Tea Madeleines with Muscavado Dip

I love Madeleines and always call them mini Me’s. Fabien my pastry chef friend always makes lemon Madeleines for me as a little treat.

I’m pretty pleased with this date and Earl Grey Tea Madeleine recipe as it combines ingredients I really like.

These Madeleines are light, soft, packed with flavour and look absolutely amazing. They definitely say eat me especially with the addition of the Muscavado dip.

I thought the Earl Grey tea infusion is a pretty neat idea; it does not dominate the flavour but contributes to the earthy rounded fragrance and flavour of the dates. It’s better than using water only.

These date and Earls Grey Tea Madeleines makes a cup of Earl Grey Tea in the afternoon even more special.


earl_grey_madelines1Date and Earl Grey Madeleine’s

  • 150g chopped dates
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250ml hot water
  • 1 Earl grey tea bag
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 60g light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Demerara sugar

Preheat the oven to 200°C and grease either 12 large Madeleine holes or 24 small ones, dust the moulds with flour after greasing.

In a medium size mixing bowl pour the hot water over the dates, salt, earl grey tea bag and add the bicarbonate of soda. Let the mixture infuse for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bag after 5 minutes.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, mix well after each egg.

Add the date and tea mixture to the creamed butter mixture, mix well.

Sieve the flour and baking powder over the date mixture and fold the flour into the mixture. Work lightly as the air is essential for light Madeleines.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared Madeleine moulds of your choice. Fill the hole about ¾ full.

Bake the Madeleines for 16 - 18 minutes.

Once they are cooked  dust them heavily with the Demerara sugar whilst they are still in the tray, gently lift them out and let them cool on a cooling rack.

Muscavado Dip

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 200g Muscavado sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds only
  • 125ml double cream
  • 1tsp liquid glucose

Place all the ingredients apart from the cream in a small saucepan.

Melt over very low heat.

Do not let the mixture boil before the sugar has dissolved.

Once the sugar is melted, turn the heat up and boil for one minute, add the double cream and bring the mixture back to the boil for a further minute.

Serve the warm Madeleines with warm Muscavado dip.

Makes 12 large or 24 small Madeleines

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13 Comments to “Date and Earl Grey Tea Madeleines with Muscavado Dip”

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  1. Hello BL,
    These madeleines looked so irresistible I just had to try them.
    I live in Canada so adjusted the measurements to North American standards and posted the results here https://www.cascadiakitchen.com/datemadeleines.html.
    They are just as delicious as I imagined. Thank you so much for all your beautiful recipes that are so artfully presented. If your goal is to inspire us, then mission accomplished.
    Victoria, BC

  2. Miss Lemon says:

    I absolutely love your website!
    It’s fantastic!
    I am in France, spending my holidays here, surrounded by Madeleines. They are tempting me in every boulangerie, wherever I go :-)
    I remembered that I saw great Madeleines recipe on your website, so I am gonna try it out now. Can not wait!

    Miss Lemon

  3. A dear friend of mine is crazy for madeleines – she’s gonna love these!

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