Recipes,  Tea Culture

Tea Creations: Using our Wakoucha Mariko to Create Some Delicious Madeleines For An Afternoon Tea Time

A sweet treat with a Japanese black. As we have made posts about in the past, pairing tea with different snacks can be a great way to enjoy both. Here, one of our staff members thought to pair our Wakoucha Mariko with madeleines. A little secret, though: The madeleines are partially made of our Wakoucha Mariko. This makes them unique. As you’ll see in the recipe below, Wakoucha leaves are ground up and then added to the flour mixture. Let’s read down below to see the whole recipe.

Ingredients

  • Tea leaf : 8g for milk tea, 5g for dough
  • Milk : 50g
  • Unsalted butter : 100g
  • Egg : 2 (room temperature)
  • Sugar : 83g
  • Maple syrup : 14g
  • Flour : 125g
  • Baking powder : 5g

Recipe

  1. Boil 8g of tea leaves and milk.
  2. Grind 5g of tea leaves.
  3. Melt butter in a pan.
  4. Sift flour, baking soda and ground tea leaves.
  5. Mix eggs and sugar well.
  6. Add maple syrup to step 5 and mix well.
  7. Add add in the mixtures of step 4 and step 6.
  8. Add melted butter to step 7.
  9. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for one hour.
  10. Apply butter to the Madeleine pan.
  11. Pour dough into the pan and drop it a few times to let the air out.
  12. Bake in the oven at 400F for 10 min.

And, voila! Your madeleines are done. Here is a tiktok video that we did where we make them:

Whether it is 18th century French aristocrats enjoying a royal tea time or His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, people have enjoyed pairing bread, cake, or other baked goods with tea for quite some time. In fact, according to his official website, bread and tea make up a part of his daily breakfast. It’s practical, simple, and easy.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama having bread and tea. (Source: dalailama.com)

The Madeleine and Tea

Speaking of pairing baked goods and tea, the madeleine is a popular cake to pair with black tea. It is usually enjoyed by the French during their afternoon tea session which itself became popular among the upper-middle class.

Louis XV, an enjoyer of madeleines. (Source: Wikipedia)

There are different stories that talk about the origin of the madeleine. One story tells of a woman by the name of Madeleine Paulmier who was a chef of Stanislaus I who was the duke of Lorraine (and also the exiled King of Poland). The recipe of the little cakes that she would make found its way to Louis XV’s table and he enjoyed them so much that he named the cakes after Madeleine. This took place during the 18th century and by the 19th century it had become a staple food of the French bourgeoisie. Another story tells of a pilgrim named Madeleine. She is said to have brought the cakes back from her voyage to Compostela. It is also said that, perhaps. these cakes were offering by a chef to pilgrims on their way to Lorraine.

Bread, sweets, and tea have a long history have a long history of being paired together. We probably could make an entire blog post covering just this topic. This post however was dedicated to this Wakoucha Madeleine recipe. We hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and do let us know if you have tried this recipe yourself. We’d be interested to see a vegan version of it too! You can DM us at our instagram and tiktok (feel free to follow us there as well.) Also, feel free to subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address in the designated box at the bottom of any page of our website.