Today, I am honored to be guest posting at Nami’s blog, Just One Cookbook while she visits family in Japan. Nami writes an amazing blog filled with Japanese recipes and beautiful photography. If you have not visited, you are missing out. There are very few blogs out there giving the English speaking world a glimpse into the Japanese kitchen. Just One Cookbook is Nami’s compilation of family recipes which she hopes to pass down to her children someday.

Nami often speaks about the lack of baked desserts on her blog. With that in mind, I decided to share one with all of you today. These madeleines 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.

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Lavender Madeleines

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 madeleines

Lavender 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
  • 1/3 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


Grease a standard size Madeleine pan well. Dust with flour. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in lavender. Set aside.

Beat sugar, eggs, and vanilla together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Add flour mixture and melted butter.

Gently fold in flour and butter until well incorporated.

Spoon batter into each mold cavity until almost full.

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.

Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes in pan. Turn the pan over and give it a light tap to unmold.

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.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)