Recipe: Black sesame madeleines

Recipe: Black sesame madeleines

Enjoy these little French bites of delicious butter cake.

Author: Maya Visnyei


Recipe: Black sesame madeleines

Enjoy these sweet and sophisticated black sesame madeleines.


Anyone can master the art of making madeleines, those little French bites of butter cake delight. We’re offering up a sophisticated version made with black sesame seeds and white chocolate to go with your afternoon cup of Earl Grey.




  • 1/2 cup black sesame seeds, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 75 g good-quality white chocolate, melted 


Enjoy these sweet and sophisticated black sesame madeleines



1 Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2 In a food processor, pulse the sesame seeds with the honey until a smooth paste forms, about 3 minutes; set aside.

3 In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter and vanilla.

4 In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, ground almonds and salt; whisk the flour mixture into the egg mixture just until combined.

5 Place 2 tablespoons of the batter in a small bowl; add 3 tablespoons of the sesame paste and stir until smooth.

6 Stir the mixture back into the batter.

7 Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of the batter into each greased madeleine mould.

8 Bake until the edges of the madeleines are golden, about 12 minutes. Using the tip of a knife, gently loosen the madeleines from the pan and invert onto wire racks to cool completely.

9 Dip each madeleine halfway into the melted chocolate and sprinkle with a few sesame seeds.

10 Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 10 minutes; serve.

Makes: About 18 madeleines


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Recipe: Black sesame madeleines