Matcha Madeleines Recipe

Matcha Madeleines


  • 120g all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 90g sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp honey
  • 120g butter, melted and cooled
  • extra butter for greasing

How to make Matcha Madeleines

I'm really more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, but the one type of tea I really love is matcha - a type of Japanese green tea. Matcha suits many desserts, and I've been experimenting with matcha madeleines (the recipe here), as well as matcha tiramisu - which I recently tried in a restaurant and am attempting to replicate.

These are super easy to make, and need to be refrigerated overnight so they're great for making ahead (my favourite!), and just take a short while in the oven before they're ready, piping hot, for everyone to tuck into. (Makes about 15-20)

  1. Grease a madeleine pan well, then dust with flour, shake off the excess, and pop into the fridge until you're ready to use it.
  2. Beat the eggs on high for 1 minute, then add the sugar and honey and beat for 5 minutes. The mixture should be light in colour and very fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, matcha powder, and salt together. Sift it once more into the egg mixture and beat until incorporated. Add in the melted butter a little at a time, until the mixture is smooth, making sure the butter is fully incorporated before adding the next drizzle.
  4. Cover the bowl tightly with clingfilm, and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 150°C.
  6. Place about 2 tbsp of batter into each mould (or fill them two-thirds full). Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centre is set. (Test it with a wooden skewer.) Cool them on a rack, then serve hot.
  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    i just love matcha medeleines, i get the bags from yamazaki pan . is matcha stuff popular in sg / china?

  • yongfook
    yongfook says


  • rachel
    rachel says

    @jai: china? wouldn't know! haha. sg... fairly i guess. but you mostly find matcha-things in japanese restaurants that have a bit of fusion elements.. @yf: thanks! :)

  • dubow
    dubow says

    yummy yummy. Rach, you always make me hungry....damn you!

  • iconsam
    iconsam says

    I should move to Utah, where they allow 2 wives. MARRY ME!!

  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    ah gotcha. since these are so light i always end up eating way too many. so buttery and delish. SAM what about your husbands? chris and lord? . oh yeah and i tought u were saving the wive #2 spot for your red lipstick wearing best friend A... LOL

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    sam i got dibs on rach!! move over!! *munches on macha madeleines*

  • rachel
    rachel says

    HAHA we need to find some country where polygamy is legal then all of us should move there and live as one ginormous happy greedy family.

  • theory
    theory says

    Looks amazing! But what do you mean by "Cool them on a rack, then serve hot"?

  • rachel
    rachel says

    as in, let them cool for a couple of minutes so you don't burn your tongue, but don't wait too long before you eat it since they're always nicer hot?

  • yehting
    yehting says

    i will make this for my housewarming party next weekend. but i don't have mocha powder on hand, maybe coffee or cocoa powder will work as well too? ^^

  • rachel
    rachel says

    mocha powder? matcha powder is actually a certain type of powdered green tea. you could probably exchange it with cocoa powder but you'd have to use a lot more, as matcha powder is quite powerful (hence the small amount called for). i'm sure you'd be able to find it in a japanese supermarket or speciality japanese tea shops.

  • jazzler
    jazzler says

    These look amazing. I sort of want to go out and buy a madeleine pan now just so I can make them.

  • grazingrace
    grazingrace says

    hi rachel, what brand of matcha powder do you use? does it come in a packet or tin? I can't find them here and have been cutting up green tea tea-bags to substitute. Don't really think it's ideal. The madeleines look really good!

  • rachel
    rachel says

    hey grace, I don't actually remember what brand of tea I used, bought it in a little cardboard tub from a tiny Japanese tea & lacquerware shop in SG that's since closed down. I've seen it in Japanese supermarkets/Japanese sections of big supermarkets in quite a few cities though. It's not quite the same as the stuff you get in teabags as matcha's a powdered tea, and is pretty strong, but how did that work out anyway? I've made Earl grey tea biscuits by adding in some loose tea leaves to the biscuit dough so I don't see why that wouldn't work too!

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