Coffee Ovaltine Madeleines - pigoutyvr

I have been trying numerous ideas with Ovaltine in my desserts lately, and finally, there is one that turns out perfectly. Ovaltine is a popular kid-friendly drink, but have you thought of pairing it with coffee? The bitterness from coffee pairs surprisingly well with Ovaltine. Therefore, I made a French pastry, Coffee Ovaltine Madeleines. As Ovaltine contains sugar already, this recipe uses way less sugar compared to others.

What is Madeleines?

Madeleines are small sponge cakes with a lightly crisp shell and a spongy, airy texture. The batter is typically baked in a shell-shaped mold. They are best served warm with a cup of coffee or hot tea.

Coffee Ovaltine Madeleines - pigoutyvr

Where do I get the Madeleine Molds?

To make this recipe, you will need a madeleine mold. There are many great options available on Amazon, but my favorite is the USA Pan Madeleine Pan.

Coffee Ovaltine Madeleines - pigoutyvr

Coffee Ovaltine Madeleines

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Freezing Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 32 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 13 pieces


Madeleine Batter

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter or ½ stick
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract optional
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • A pinch of salt approx 1/16 tsp
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Ovaltine Glaze

  • ½ tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup icing sugar sifted
  • 3 tbsp ovaltine powder
  • 1-2 tbsp milk


To prepare Madeleine Batter:

  • Melt the unsalted butter using the double-boiler method, or by microwave. Set it aside to cool.
  • In a small bowl, mix instant coffee powder and hot water. Set it aside to cool.
  • In a bowl, add egg and sugar. Use a hand mixer to whisk at high speed for at least 5 minutes, or until the mixture becomes thick, airy, and can form ribbon. If you are using a whisk, this may take 10-15 minutes. (This step is important!)
  • Add instant coffee and vanilla extract to the mixture. Mix until combine.
  • In another bowl, combine sifted all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Pour in half of the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Fold in lightly and mix until combined. Pour the remaining dry ingredients. Fold in lightly and mix until combined.
  • Add approx 1/4 cup of the mixture to the melted butter. Mix until it fully incorporates. This may take a few minutes.
  • Pour the butter mixture with the remaining batter. Mix until combine.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven at 175 °C or 347 °F.
  • Prepare some melted unsalted butter. Brush the butter to the madeleine mold.
  • After 1 hour, do not mix the batter! Transfer the batter directly to a piping bag.
  • Cut off the tip and pipe batter into a baking pan up to three quarters, so the madeleines have enough space to rise.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes.

To prepare Ovaltine Glaze:

  • While baking, prepare the Ovaltine glaze.
  • In a small bowl, combine icing sugar, butter, Ovaltine powder, and 1 tbsp milk.
  • You can add more milk to adjust the consistency of the glaze. Set aside.
  • Let the madeleines cool down. Drizzle the glaze on it. Ready to serve.
Keyword Coffee, Madelines, Ovaltine
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