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RECIPE: Manuka honey madeleines recipe

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“I’ve been experimenting with taking processed sugar out of some of my recipes and replacing it with more natural alternatives, such as honey and malt syrups,” says Tasmania-based chef, Analiese Gregory.

“This is one of the recipes that adapted exceptionally well to honey, and I love the flavour the madeleines get from intense ones, such as manuka and leatherwood. For me, these cakes are best served straight from the oven. They don’t benefit from being kept for too long!”

Manuka honey madeleines recipe


(Makes 24 madeleines)

170g butter, plus some for brushing the metal mould

3 eggs

185g manuka or leatherwood honey, or other honey as preferred

160g plain flour

¼tsp salt

¼tsp baking powder

Soured cream, to serve

For the apricot jam:

250g apricots

2½tbsp water

50g honey


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Melt the butter and let cool to room temperature.

2. In a stand mixer, whisk the eggs and honey until light and fluffy, approximately 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients, then add them to the egg mix and fold by hand. Once the dry ingredients are incorporated, gently fold in the cooled melted butter. Chill in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes.

3. To make the jam, take the seeds out of the apricots, then roughly dice them. Combine with the water and honey in a saucepan and cook on a medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until a jammy consistency is reached.

4. Butter a madeleine mould with a pastry brush. I use a 12-cake non-stick metal one; the old copper madeleine moulds are amazing, but I would grease and flour them first. Fill each indentation half full and bake for 10 minutes. They should be set and golden, with minimal colour on top and light brown underneath.

5. Serve immediately with soured cream and jam.

How Wild Things Are: Cooking, Fishing And Hunting At The Bottom Of The World by Analiese Gregory, photography by Adam Gibson, is published by Hardie Grant on March 4, priced £22.

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  • RachelB


    10:56, 18 March 2021

    I must say your Manuka honey madeleines are looking very tempting. I would love to try the recipe this weekend. I appreciate your idea of replacing processed sugar with natural alternatives, its the smart way to keep your body healthy. I use TURNER Manuka Honey UAF1000+ instead of processed sugar in my diet. It also improved my immunity.



  • JackArthur


    05:58, 17 March 2021

    Thank you to the chef for sharing such a nice recipe using Manuka Honey. My wife usually makes different foods using FREZZOR Manuka Honey UAF1000+ at my home. It’s better known for it’s awesome taste and flavor. It’s good for health for all the ages in my family especially the best alternative of sugar to avoid any health issues.



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