Classic Lemon Madeleines
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
- 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- Confectioners sugar for dusting (optional)
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, granulated sugar and salt. Using a wire whisk or a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat vigorously until pale, thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts. Sprinkle the sifted flour over the egg mixture and stir or beat on low speed to incorporate.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the lemon zest and half of the melted butter just until blended. Fold in the remaining melted butter.
Divide the batter among the prepared molds, using a heaping tablespoon of batter for each mold. Bake the madeleines until the tops spring back when lightly touched, 8 to 12 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and invert it over a wire rack, then rap it on the rack to release the madeleines. If any should stick, use your fingers to loosen the edges, being careful not to touch the hot pan, and invert and rap again.
Let the madeleines cool on the rack for 10 minutes. Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust the tops with confectioners sugar and serve. Makes 12.