Adapted from Everyday French Cooking
1¼ cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp double-acting baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp grated lemon rind (1 large lemon)
3/4 cup plus 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 Tbsp confectioner's sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift the first three ingredients together and set them aside. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and lemon-colored. Add the vanilla extract. Gradually beat in the sugar. Continue beating, on high speed, until the volume has increased to four times the original amount, about 8 minutes. Gradually fold in the flour mixture and the lemon rind. Stir in the 3/4 cup of melted butter.
Brush madeleine pan generously with additional melted butter. Spoon one slightly heaping tablespoon of batter into each shell, filling them 2/3 full. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the pan by gently lifting the edge with a fork. Cool on racks covered with parchment paper. Sift confectioner's sugar over the tops.
Makes 36 servings
Allergy Warning: Contains milk and eggs and wheat