English madeleines

Transform these traditional French madeleines into British treats with a twist. Infused with a delicious coconut flavor, these soft and spongy cakes take on a unique cone shape when baked. To give them a touch of sweetness, drizzle them with a delicious glaze made from delicious cherry jam. Perfectly paired with a cup of British tea, these English madeleines are sure to be the highlight of any tea party. Indulge in their irresistible taste and experience a delicious blend of French and British flavors.


  • 100g butter, softened, plus a little butter for greasing
  • 200g desiccated coconut
  • 140g powdered sugar
  • 140g plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 140g full fat coconut yoghurt (we used Yeo Valley Greek style yoghurt)
  • 85g glazed cherries, finely chopped
  • 140g cherry jam


Find the best Madeleine tin

If you’re lucky, you’ve inherited your grandmother’s English Madeleine tins. If not, look for old Dariole molds in charity shops or food stalls or buy new ones nisbets.co.uk. We used 120ml cans – larger ones will do the same thing, but your madeleines will be slightly shorter than ours. If the mixture is smaller, divide the mixture into 8-10 tins instead and check after 30 minutes of baking.

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 4.
  2. Grease 6 x 120ml Madeleine molds (see tip below).
  3. Place 50g coconut with the sugar in a food processor and mix until the coconut is as fine as the sugar.
  4. Place in a mixing bowl along with butter, flour, egg and yoghurt and mix with an electric whisk until smooth.
  5. Stir in the cherries.
  6. Divide the mixture between the molds.
  7. Place the molds on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the madeleines from the molds and let them cool completely.
  11. Heat the jam in a pan or microwave.
  12. Sift the jam to remove the cherry lumps.
  13. Place the remaining coconut on a plate.
  14. Trim any wobbly bottoms of the madeleines so they sit flat.
  15. Spread each madeleine with a thin layer of jam.
  16. Roll the madeleines in the coconut to cover them.
  17. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

To make these English madeleines you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Madeleine tin (120 ml capacity)
  • Butter for greasing
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • spatula
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • dulcimer
  • Knife

Allergen information

This recipe for English madeleines contains the following allergens:

  • butter
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Plain flour
  • egg
  • Coconut yogurt
  • cherries
  • Cherry jam

Please be aware of these allergens if you or your guests have dietary restrictions or allergies.

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers of these delicious English madeleines, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. However, they are best enjoyed fresh. If you want to extend the shelf life, you can also store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

To reheat the madeleines, simply place them in the preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for a few minutes until heated through. Serve and enjoy!

The Health Benefits of English Madeleines

In addition to being a delicious treat, English madeleines also offer several health benefits. These little coconut, cherry and yogurt sponge cakes are a delicious flavor combination that will tantalize your taste buds. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits this delicious dessert can provide.

1. Coconut: English madeleines are packed with desiccated coconut, which is high in fiber. Fiber supports digestion and helps maintain a healthy digestive system. It also promotes satiety, making it an ideal ingredient for anyone watching their weight. In addition, coconut is a source of essential minerals such as iron, magnesium and manganese.

2. Powdered Sugar: Although powdered sugar is used in small amounts in this recipe, it still adds a touch of sweetness to the madeleines. However, it is important to consume sugar in moderation. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to weight gain and increased risk of diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Enjoy these madeleines as a treat in moderation.

3. Plain Flour: Using plain flour in this recipe gives the madeleines the structure and texture they need. Although regular flour is not particularly nutrient-dense, it is still a good source of carbohydrates that provide energy to the body. Just like sugar, it is important to consume flour in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

4. Egg: A large egg is used in this recipe, which not only makes for a richer preparation but also adds to the overall nutritional value. Eggs are an excellent source of high-quality protein and contain essential amino acids that our bodies need. They also provide nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium, which are important for various body functions.

5. Coconut Yogurt: Using full-fat coconut yogurt is a healthier alternative to traditional butter and cream. Coconut yogurt is made from coconut milk and contains beneficial probiotics. These probiotics promote gut health and can help improve digestion. Additionally, coconut yogurt is rich in healthy fats, which contribute to satiety and may help regulate blood sugar levels.

6. Cherries: English madeleines contain both glazed cherries and cherry jam for a special flavor. Not only are cherries delicious, but they also offer several health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which can help reduce inflammation in the body. Cherries also contain fiber, vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious addition to these sweet treats.

In summary, English madeleines are not only a delicious treat but also offer some health benefits. Packed with coconut, cherries and yogurt, these little sponge cakes provide fiber, essential nutrients and probiotics. However, as with any sweet treat, it is important to enjoy them in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

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