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Lavender Madeleines – Guest Post by Roti n Rice

Lavender Madeleines Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com

While I’m visiting my family in Japan, I’ve asked several blogger friends to blog-sit for me and today’s sitter is Biren from Roti n Rice

Biren currently lives in Twin Cities, Minnesota, but she grew up in Malaysia where home cooking was an eclectic mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisines.  After moving to the US and having her own family, she started baking and cooking more diverse recipes.  On her blog, she shares Western, Japanese, and other East Asian cuisines like these delicious Chicken Curry with Kaffir Lime Leaves and Tau Sar Bao and Matcha Anpan

When you visit her blog, you will realize that her recipes are very nicely sorted and organized in different categories.  Her attention to detail has made it very easy to find recipes you are looking for.  She has a wide range of recipe collection spanning over 300 tasty recipes.  Check out her blog for tonight’s dinner ideas after this post. ;-)

Now please welcome Biren with these easy and delicious Lavender Madeleines.


BirenOn behalf of Nami, I wish all fans of Just One Cookbook  Irasshaimase or Welcome to the “store”! My name is Biren and I blog at Roti n Rice. Today, I am honored to be “blog sitting” for Nami while she visits family in Japan. Like you, I am usually the visitor coming here to get a glimpse into the Japanese home kitchen afforded by this blog to the English speaking world. I am sure you will agree with me that Nami does a fantastic job of sharing her food and culture with us.

Although Nami and I have only met virtually for about a year and never in person, it is as if we have known each other for a while. Our passion for food and family brings us together. I have two teenage boys myself and Nami enjoys reading about their antics when they were her children’s age. On the food front, I enjoy an eclectic mix of cuisines in my home cooking and easy Japanese food is in that mix. Onigiri, miso soup, grilled fish, and tsukemono are some of my go-to dishes when pressed for time to lay a meal on the table. Ocha-zuke is comfort food for me.

However, I also do enjoy a little baking and since Nami has always said that she does not have too many baked desserts here, I have decided to share one with you today. Madeleines immediately came to mind when I was planning for this guest post. These little cakes are in keeping with the Japanese’s love for all things dainty and the philosophy of Hara Hachi Bu (腹八分) – eating until you are 80% full.

Lavender Madeleines II

Madeleines are mini sponge cakes with a distinctive shell shape. They are made famous by Marcel Proust in his novel Remembrance of Things Past where the madeleine episode has been well quoted. A pan with shell-like indentations is needed to make these cakes. These pans can be purchased at specialty kitchen stores.

If you have never eaten madeleines, I urge you to give these a try. They are pretty easy to make and relatively fuss free. I mixed in some culinary lavender for added flavor and fragrance. Lavender also reminds me of summer days ahead…

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Lavender Madeleines III

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Lavender Madeleines
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Serves: 12 madeleines
  • ¾ cup (115g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp culinary lavender, crushed to release its fragrance
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup (75g) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp/115g) butter, melted
  • Extra butter and flour for greasing and dusting pan
  • Powdered sugar, optional
  1. Grease a standard size Madeleine pan well. Dust with flour. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in lavender. Set aside.
  3. Beat sugar, eggs, and vanilla together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add flour mixture and melted butter.
  5. Gently fold in flour and butter until well incorporated.
  6. Spoon batter into each mold cavity until almost full.
  7. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the centers spring back when lightly touched. Do not over bake.
  8. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes in pan. Turn the pan over and give it a light tap to unmold.
  9. Cool on rack, shell side up. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with tea or coffee.
For a more pronounced “hump” appearance, cover batter and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Then spoon batter into prepared mold, leaving batter mounded in the center.

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  • Charles April 2, 2012, 12:10 am

    Mmm, I never tried madeleines with lavender before – sounds absolutely wonderful! Considering I live in France I don’t eat nearly enough of these dainty little things as I should! Thanks for sharing this, Biren! Good inspiration for my future experiments :)

  • Lyn @LovelyPantry April 2, 2012, 12:12 am

    These are absolutely adorable! Very nicely done, Biren! I’m hopping over to your website to say hello :-)

  • Loveforfood April 2, 2012, 12:15 am

    props onto your yummy looking pictures of these various unique food!

  • Raymund April 2, 2012, 12:33 am

    I can imagine the effect of this, does it give some soothing sensation which makes you relax like the lavander tea?

    • Biren @ Roti n Rice April 2, 2012, 3:53 pm

      I am not sure if it gives a soothing sensation but it sure was relaxing with a cup of tea. :)

  • Katherine Martinelli April 2, 2012, 1:02 am

    What a lovely guest post! Biren, it is so great to see you here. I love these lavender madeleines – they do indeed seem so dainty! Nami, have a lovely time in Japan with your family!! xo

  • Ellena April 2, 2012, 1:06 am

    Lovely post from Biren! I love the relaxing fragrant from Lavander and since I have some at home, I would sure give this lovely recipe a go :)

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen April 2, 2012, 1:29 am

    Hi Biren, you’ve done Nami proud with this lovely guest post. Such pretty cakes. Nami, hope you are having a wonderful time with your family in Japan. I know you will come back with even more inspiration and wonderful recipes.

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb April 2, 2012, 1:35 am

    Hi Biren! nice to see u here blogsitting for nami. =)
    I am a HUGE Madeleines fan and I know already that when I get my oven I will bake Madeleines first!! Hopefuly I ll have some lavender around too when this happens. thanks for sharing!

  • denise @ singapore shiok April 2, 2012, 1:42 am

    Hello Nami :) This is my first visit to your lovely blog. I look forward to reading your posts as I love Japanese food and greatly admire Japanese culture.

    Biren, the madeleines are lovely, as is everything you do. Your spread is just gorgeous, and I love how you’re using this opportunity to raise awareness on autism. Brava bella!!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover April 2, 2012, 1:55 am

    Nami, Thanks for bringing this nice guest post from Biren! I just bought a madeleine pan from Daiso, look like this post come in the right time. Thanks for sharing.

  • Vicki Bensinger April 2, 2012, 2:13 am

    I love making Madeleine’s and yours are picture perfect and so dainty and delicate. I will look forward to stopping by your blog for a visit. Nice post!

  • Nate @ House of Annie April 2, 2012, 2:20 am

    Wonderful job! I like that mysteriously sweet essence that lavender brings.

  • Gourmantine April 2, 2012, 2:54 am

    I love lavender in baked goods: it elevates them to a different level and makes extra special. having said that, I’ve never tried adding lavender to madeleines, will do that next time! :)

  • Belinda @zomppa April 2, 2012, 3:16 am

    She’s wonderful! Love Madelines – and the lavender adds just the perfect touch!

  • Ann@Anncoo Journal April 2, 2012, 3:17 am

    Lovely guest post from Biren. Definitely love to try this recipe soon :)

  • Hotly Spiced April 2, 2012, 4:15 am

    Lavender mandolines! They look gorgeous. How perfect! What a great treat. I’m sure they taste as good as they look xx

  • Debra Kapellakis April 2, 2012, 4:26 am

    It is good to see you here. Thank you for sharing. I do not like Lavender but many friends and family do. I am going to share this with them. The photo’s are lovely.

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice April 2, 2012, 4:26 am

    Nami, thanks for having me on your lovely blog. I hope you have a wonderful time in Japan with family and friends. Hugs xx!

    • Nami April 5, 2012, 12:31 am

      Thank you so much for your wonderful madeleine recipe Biren! :-)

  • Ramona April 2, 2012, 4:34 am

    Yay, Biren and Nami!! Two of my favorite ladies that hit it out of the park every time with their international cuisine!

    Biren these cookies look beyond beautiful!! Great guest post. :)

    Nami- hope you are having the best time in Japan!! ~ Ramona :)

  • A_Boleyn April 2, 2012, 4:35 am

    Welcome to Nami’s blog. You’re such a good ‘blogfriend’ to agree to take over while she’s away and with such a tasty treat. I love madeleines which I discovered this past year. I have to confess that I am trying to grow my own lavender with some faint hope of using it in some recipes … perhaps these. We’ll see what happens if my lavender seeds ever germinate.

    PS: I’ve tried refrigerating the batter to get the distinctive hump but it never worked for me. :)

  • Jay April 2, 2012, 4:48 am

    love your ultimate version
    Tasty Appetite

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet April 2, 2012, 5:48 am

    Hello Biren nice to meet you and Thanks for Nami for asking you to guest blog :) Ohhh these madeleines look so PERFECT! I often see madelienes that are really burst and never so nice and pale like these ones ~ Thanks for sharing!

  • Tes April 2, 2012, 6:11 am

    Oh these look so gorgeous :) I love lavender as a scent and it really sound lovely in this recipe :)

  • Ruby April 2, 2012, 6:20 am

    Love the use of lavender. I have some in my garden that I use in both sweet and savoury recipes. No idea if it’s the culinary variety or not, but it does the trick!

  • Reem | Simply Reem April 2, 2012, 6:26 am

    Nami enjoy your trip.
    Have fun and click lots n lots of pic….

    These mandeleines look wonderful!!!
    I really like Biren blog and her recipes, it is wonderful to see her here.

  • Alyssa April 2, 2012, 6:44 am

    Wonderful guest post! I’m grew up in the twin cities, so it’s nice to meet a blogger from there. Your madeleines look beautiful. And I hope you are having a wonderful time in Japan, Nami!

  • Tiffany April 2, 2012, 6:53 am

    What a beautiful and elegant madeleine! I love that you two paired up! Great guest post!!!

  • Jill Colonna April 2, 2012, 7:10 am

    Hello Biren. Lovely to see you blog-sitting for Nami and what a lovely choice of madeleines with a French lavender touch! They are stunning, as are your photos. Eating to 80% full? Love it.

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 2, 2012, 7:32 am

    What a great guest post from a very talented fellow blogger! Thanks for sharing, Nami, and introducing me to someone new! Biren, these madeleines look absolutely beautiful and so delicate yet delicious. Great job on them, and thank you for contributing such a nice guest post to one of my favorite bloggers! :)

  • elisabeth@foodandthrift April 2, 2012, 7:52 am

    Hi Nami, and Biren- Such a lovely guest post, Biren! Love Madeleines…never tried it with the delicate Lavender. So perfect for spring, and the lovely texture, and flavor!
    Have a wonderful time in Japan, Nami…so nice to be able to spend quality time with your family:DDD

  • Sissi April 2, 2012, 7:56 am

    Hi Biren, I’m very happy to meet you! Your madeleines look fabulous. I love the lavender twist. I bake madeleines quite often, but always with vanilla. I am sure lavender gives them a divine smell and taste. Wonderful idea.

  • Luciana April 2, 2012, 8:01 am

    These mandeleines look amazing!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful time with your family in Japan, Nami! xo

  • Kitchen Belleicious April 2, 2012, 8:32 am

    wonderful guest post.I always enjoy Biren’s creativity and recipes! They look amazing

  • Terris-Free Eats Food April 2, 2012, 8:39 am

    How lovely and delicate these madeleines are. Beautiful photography too! Nami always leaves her blog in good hands when she needs to be away. :)

  • donna mikasa April 2, 2012, 8:57 am

    Hi Biren! Your Madeleines look scrumptious–I can almost smell the lavender! Nami, I hope you have a nice visit with your family!

  • Namitha April 2, 2012, 8:59 am

    Great post Biren ! Good to see you in Nami’s place :) Lovely madelines and I love the flavor combo you used !

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 2, 2012, 9:25 am

    Love spring flavored madeleines. That looks so yummy!! Which reminds me, I’ve got to pot a lavender soon :)

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 2, 2012, 9:25 am

    Have fun vacationing, Nami!! :)

  • chinmayie @ love food eat April 2, 2012, 9:45 am

    Beautiful! Love the flavors here…

  • kitchenriffs April 2, 2012, 10:13 am

    Madeleines are great – they’re one of my wife’s specialties (she’s the better baker). The lavender is a nice touch, and one I wouldn’t have thought of – great idea. Nice post – thanks.

  • Cassie April 2, 2012, 11:09 am

    What a great post! I love lavender, especially in baked goods. These look divine!

  • Robert Richards Recipes April 2, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now, I have to get to the store to get the ingredients!

  • Mr. Three-Cookies April 2, 2012, 1:41 pm

    I have yet to make madeleines. These look delicious.

  • Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts April 2, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I’ve some culinary lavender at home so i just need to get myself one of those pans! They look great!
    Have an enjoyable holiday Nami!

  • Kristen April 2, 2012, 3:04 pm

    I can only imagine the clean flavor the lavender must give to those gorgeous madeleines. What a great guest post.

    Have a safe and wonderful holiday, Nami.

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice April 2, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kinds comments. It is such an honor to be here and a joy to meet you all. :)

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking April 2, 2012, 4:30 pm

    Very nice looking madeleines, Biren! Love that you used lavender..got to try this sometimes soon!
    Nami and Biren I enjoyed reading this guest post. Nami, have fun back home, and stay safe! Ladies wishing you great week ahead!!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 2, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Gorgeous Madeleines, this makes me want to get out my Madeleine pan right now!

  • Hyosun Ro April 2, 2012, 6:08 pm

    Beautifully done, Biren! Madeleines are one of my favorite things to bake, and I will definitely try to make them with lavender. Have a wonderful trip, Nami!

  • sophia April 2, 2012, 6:25 pm

    I saw madeleines in Costco and was SO tempted to buy them. I wish yours were sold like that in big packs, Biren!

    And Nami, happy travels! I wish you would stop by LA though. :-)

  • Ilke April 2, 2012, 6:39 pm

    I have never made madeleines but every time a craving hits, I go to the French bakery in town. Might be time to try now. It was so nice to stop by and meet Biren.

  • AikoVenus April 2, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Great guest post! ^^ I really want to make these soon so I’m hoping that I can find a pan to have these soon!

  • Shirley April 2, 2012, 7:43 pm

    Madeleines are one of my favorite things! I’ve never tried a lavender variety, but I’d love to. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kankana April 2, 2012, 9:44 pm

    Once i start eating Madeleines I cannot stop! That is how much i love it. I can only imagine how flavorful it will be.
    Nami .. didn’t know you visiting Japan. Have a great time out there sweetie :)

  • yummychunklet April 2, 2012, 11:55 pm

    What delicate and delicious looking Madeleines!

  • Jenny April 3, 2012, 1:11 am

    dainty and delicious. Lovely post, I could eat them all.

  • Rosa April 3, 2012, 1:26 am

    A great guest post and lovely Madeleines! I love Biren’s blog.



  • cooking rookie April 3, 2012, 3:07 am

    Great post, guys! I can’t imagine the lavender in madeleines, so I guess I’ll have to try it to see for myself :-)

  • Joanne April 3, 2012, 3:48 am

    I’ve always wanted to dabble in baking with lavender but I’m a bit concerned that the finished product will taste like perfume or soap to me. These cookies couldn’t be anything but delicious though!

  • FiSh April 3, 2012, 3:50 am

    oh how good are those! i didnt know lavender can look so good in the madeleines :)

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  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie April 3, 2012, 3:54 am

    Hi Nami, I hope you have a wonderful visit with your family:)

    Hi Biren, Your Madeleines look deliciously perfect.

  • Jeannie April 3, 2012, 4:21 am

    These little cakes reminds me of kuih bahulu which is a very popular here…your Madeleines are so pretty and well made.

  • Tobias @ T and Tea Cake April 3, 2012, 4:28 am

    Hi Biren! So nice seeing you here.

    You really doubled the amount of French in your madeleines with adding lavender; bet your kitchen must have smelled comme un soir chaleureux dans la provence à fin de l’été! ;)


  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen April 3, 2012, 6:42 am

    What a wonderful idea for Madeleines! I love how you put a special flavor to it. I can just imagine the aroma. Thanks, Biren. I love your recipes when I follow you on Twitter! And thanks for featuring her, Nami. I must make this. Hope you’re enjoying yourself in Japan !

  • Katerina April 3, 2012, 8:22 am

    I love madeleines.! I have never tried them but these ones look delicious!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce April 3, 2012, 8:51 am

    Uffff…madeleines…lovely cookie cakes, I mean, it’s not to crunchy to be a cooky and to soft to be a cake, just the perfect texture to be loved.

  • wok with ray April 3, 2012, 8:52 am

    Hello Biren! Very nice to see you here at Nami’s and thank you for bringing in these delicious madeleines. And Nami — thank you for bringing in Biren. You ladies are wonderful and I love following your blogs.

    ~ ray ~

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals April 3, 2012, 9:25 am

    How gorgeous Biren! I am so glad Nami asked you to blog sit for her! My family and I just got back from a great weekend trip to the Texas Hill Country, one of our favorite stop is at Becker’s winery, they have a nice lavender field there, and sell plenty of products made from the lavender they harvest. I stumble across a lavender seasoning packet and was surprised people eat the flowers, though seeing them in your baking post it makes a lot of sense!

  • Cucina49 April 3, 2012, 9:30 am

    Those are really lovely–I’m not sure what makes lavendar culinary, but I definitely need to shake up my basic madeleine recipe. Thanks for the guest post!

  • Asmita April 3, 2012, 9:38 am

    These madeleines look perfect! Not made them yet but after seeing this post I am really inspired to.
    Have a great trip Nami.

  • Juliana April 3, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Just came back form Biren’s site…awesome guest post Nami.
    Enjoy your trip and look forward for your posts :)

  • Magic of Spice April 3, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Hi Biren,
    Wow these madeleines are gorgeous! And I love the use of lavender here, just beautiful!
    Hope you are having a lovely vacation Nami :)

  • Biana - Meal Planning Tips April 3, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Biren, nice to meet you! These madelines look fabulous! Love that you are using lavender in them.

  • A Little Yumminess April 3, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Love how elegant madelines look. Lavender is a nice twist!

  • Daksha April 3, 2012, 7:15 pm

    Wow! beautiful and delicious madeleine! I hope you have a wonderful visit with your family, Nami:D.

  • Marsha @ The Harried Cook April 3, 2012, 8:30 pm

    Fabulous guest post, Biren! The lavender madeleines looks picture perfect and the photographs are just beautiful!

    Lovely to see my friends Biren & Nami together in one place :)

  • Pure Complex April 3, 2012, 11:38 pm

    These are so adorable and delicious looking. I’ve never made anything like this but I would certainly love to :)

  • Choc Chip Uru April 4, 2012, 1:54 am

    Congratulations :D
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    P.S These madeleines are exquisite!

  • Sammie April 4, 2012, 2:17 am

    I love madeleines! They’re so simple yet delicious! hehe.. actually, the Malaysian version of madeleines are “kueh balu”! I’ve made some before! http://sweetsamsations.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/kuih-bahulu-cara-manis/

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 4, 2012, 2:29 am

    What a lovely post! I hope you’re having a wonderful time in Japan Nami! :D

  • Tina@flourtrader April 4, 2012, 4:18 am

    These madeleines look amazing, I love the toasted edges. I have yet to make anything with lavender, but this recipe may be the first one. Thanks for having Biren, Nami-I will need to pop on over to her blog!
    Also enjoy your time with the family Nami!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) April 4, 2012, 6:27 am

    This is another version of madeleines from Biren that I would love to try!
    Awesome guest post, ladies!

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) April 4, 2012, 7:17 am

    mmmm. Really lovely!

  • Liz April 4, 2012, 9:27 am

    Oh, Biren, your madeleines look amazing! Perfectly executed (mine usually stay stuck in the pans!!!). So fun to find you on Nami’s blog :)

    Nami, have a fabulous time visiting your family! You are my blogger inspiration…I am finally trying to balance life and blogging. Thanks for all your kindness and support!

  • Eri April 4, 2012, 11:54 am

    I love madeleines and these are so beautiful, I can imagine the aroma from the lavender!
    Have fun Nami!

  • Javelin Warrior April 4, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Nami, hope you’re having a wonderful trip & thanks for introducing us to Roti n Rice – these madeleines are gorgeous and they are so delicious. Love this little cakes :)

  • Carolyn Jung April 4, 2012, 8:53 pm

    I bet these make the whole house smell heavenly. I grow lavender in my yard and it never ceases to relax me when I walk by my plants.

  • Baker Street April 4, 2012, 11:37 pm

    I just got my very first madeleine pan! This would be a fantastic first recipe to try.

  • Food Jaunts April 5, 2012, 9:11 am

    Those are so cute! I’ve never had a madeline before. So they’re sort of spongy?

  • Laura @ Family Spice April 5, 2012, 5:19 pm

    My husband loves madeleines, but I don’t have a pan. I love the addition of lavender. Your kitchen must smell so divine!

  • mjskit April 5, 2012, 8:26 pm

    Actually I haven’t ever had madeleines and have had almost no food items with lavender. I do make a lavender tea and love it, so I can imagine that this lavender madeleines are quite tasty! Thanks for the inspiration Biren!

  • Quay Po Cooks April 8, 2012, 1:26 am

    I would love to make madeleines but no pan. I like the idea of adding lavender and I have some at hand. Lovely guest post.

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious April 8, 2012, 11:14 am

    Yum, I bet this will smell heavenly and taste great as well!! Hope you have a great trip Nami :)

  • easyfoodsmith April 10, 2012, 4:55 am

    These look lovely! I would love to try these, one because I have never tasted lavender in food and second I have never tried madelines ever! But I wonder if I will be able to easily procure the baking pan in the Indian market where these are not familiar. Lovely guest post indeed :)

  • gloria April 15, 2012, 7:55 am

    nami what beautiful madeleines I used lavender in Ice cream and cupcakes but not in madeleines look beauty!

  • Mimie April 24, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I just tried the recipe w/o lavender this time since I had failed making Madeleines before. But these are just perfect https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150662345623414&set=a.10150209879478414.304131.615283413&type=1&theater Now I would really try again with lavender & other flavors for sure!

    • Nami April 25, 2012, 8:34 pm

      Thank you Mimie! Glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Becca W. January 13, 2013, 8:17 pm

    Just made a batch of these madeleins, and they are delicious. I would suggest making a double batch though, as they are so good making only 12 just isn’t enough. Wonderful recipe and I will be making these for the girls at my new job. :)

    • Nami January 13, 2013, 8:36 pm

      Hi Becca! Thank you for trying this recipe and I appreciate your feedback! :)

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