Madeleines are buttery French tea cakes that are made in a pan with shell-shaped indentions. These spongy cakes are usually flavored with vanilla, almonds, lemon or orange. This recipe uses lemon zest, plenty of butter, and a light sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar for flavor.
Madeleines are the perfect book club dessert to accompany the World War II novel, A Fire Sparkling. They are wonderful with tea and make a beautiful presentation at bridal showers.