Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines by BakingAMoment.com

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines

Madeleines are a lovely little Tea Cake baked in the shape of a Seashell.  They are a Classic French Pastry that is Light and Buttery.  These Madeleines are infused with the Citrusy Bergamot Flavor of Earl Grey Tea, and Dipped in Dark Chocolate.  You will love these Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines, because the Earl Grey Tea complements the Chocolate so beautifully!

Before I get to the deliciousness, I hope you don’t mind if I take a moment to give a little explanation of some of the features of this new blog of mine!

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Have you ever had Madeleines?  Oooooh, I just love them.  So classic.  So special.  So pretty.  So light, and simple, and delicious, and dainty!  I love them with a nice cup of tea, which got me thinking….

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines by BakingAMoment.com

Traditionally, Madeleines have a lighter than air texture and a simple, buttery flavor, sometimes with ground nuts.  But I really wanted to experiment with the flavor profile a bit.  I’m a huge fan of Earl Grey tea, with it’s delicate flavor, accented by the aromatic flavor of bergamot, a bitter citrus fruit.  I recently read about infusing butter with tea, and these little pastries were the perfect excuse to give it a whirl!

Infusing Butter with Tea (for Baked Goods)

The Madeleine batter is essentially a Genoise, so you may notice that the method is nearly identical to the one I shared on my Peanut Butter Boston Cream Pie post.

Genoise Mise en Place

Making Earl Grey Madeleines

You need a special pan for Madeleines, but don’t worry, it won’t take up a lot of space in your cupboard.  I recommend a non-stick Madeleine pan, for ease of use.  However, even with a non-stick pan you will need to take care to thoroughly butter and flour the pan.  (I speak from experience, friends…!)

Earl Grey Madeleines by BakingAMoment.com

Once they’ve cooled from the oven, a little dip in melted chocolate complements the Earl Grey flavor so beautifully!

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines by BakingAMoment.com

I really think you will love these Madeleines, they are perfect for special occasions like teas and baby/bridal showers, and also because they make such a lovely homemade gift, wrapped up in a little box or cello bag and tied with a pretty ribbon!

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines by BakingAMoment.com

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 standard or 60 mini madeleines

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines

Madeleines are a lovely little Tea Cake baked in the shape of a Seashell. They are a classic French Pastry that is Light and Buttery. These Madeleines are infused with the Citrusy Bergamot Flavor of Earl Grey Tea, and Dipped in Dark Chocolate. I think you will love these Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines, because the Citrus complements the Chocolate so beautifully!

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • about 4 ounces quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, melt the butter over low heat.
  2. Gently stir the contents of the tea bags into the melted butter. Continue to warm over low heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea butter from the heat and allow to steep for another 5 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea butter through a fine mesh sieve, lined with cheesecloth. Stir in the brown sugar and honey until dissolved (may require gentle reheating).
  5. Combine the eggs and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl. Place the bowl in a shallow bowl of very hot water, and stir with your hands until the egg mixture feels warm to the touch and the sugar is completely dissolved (no longer grainy).
  6. Remove the bowl from the heat and whip the mixture on high speed until tripled in volume.
  7. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together, and fold into the eggs in two additions, taking care not to deflate the air from the mixture.
  8. Stir a little of the batter into the tea butter, and then pour the tea butter back into the batter. Fold until completely incorporated.
  9. Spoon or pipe the batter into the wells of a buttered and floured madeleine pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until just beginning to turn golden around the edges. Unmold immediately and cool on a wire rack.
  10. When completely cool, dip the edges in melted chocolate.
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Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines by BakingAMoment.com

I’ve always adored the delicate, citrusy flavor of Earl Grey Tea, but when I tasted it alongside that rich chocolate, it took it to a whole new level!  This flavor combination is a match made in heaven.  Destined to become a favorite in your recipe box!

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Madeleines by BakingAMoment.com

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  1. Erika @ teawitherika.wordpress.com says

    Hmmmm, I love Earl Grey! I guess I’ll HAVE to buy a Madeleine mould now ;)

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