Coconut Madeleines for Dad

by Jacqueline on June 16, 2012

Father's Day Baking

Coconut Madeleines for Dad

Life wasn’t exactly straight forward for our family. Mum died when I was eight and my sister and I were brought up single -handedly by my Dad.
Life was tough for my Dad. He had to perform the role of two parents to two bickering daughters.
Nonetheless, we had a very good upbringing. We were taught very good values. Above all we were loved. My father was and is kind. I’m not talking about kind in a material sense. I’m talking about kindness with his words and his actions. He was and remains an excellent role model for his children and grandchildren. Growing up, he always put my sister and I first and in doing so, sacrificed a lot.
It’s funny what you remember as a child isn’t it? Certain things can trigger a memory like a piece of music, the taste of something or the scent of a favourite dish.

Here are some of my earlier memories of Dad:

  • Every Sunday after Mass he would buy my sister and I a 10p sweet mixture from the newsagent. Ten sweets for 10p. This was our weekly treat. I always tried to make them last a long time but my willpower faded fast and they were gone in a matter of minutes. My favourites were the white chocolate mice and the pink shrimps.
  • Being the youngest in the family he named me “Wee Jaco” a name that has stuck with me through life. Although, admittedly, as I got older and bigger “Wee” is referred to less often.
  • He took me round the golf course when I was 8 years old trying to encourage me to like the game. I could only think of the “goodies” that followed :a glass of coke and a packet of KP Square crisps at the Clubhouse. Even at home, I remember trying to avoid his practice swing  with his invisible golf club in the kitchen.
  • After every evening meal my Dad would make a “piece in jam” for himself. After every dinner. Without exception.
  • When the kettle was on he would sing (or, attempt to sing)  “Would you like a cup of Deeeeee” (pronounced in a really low voice) to which my sister and I would respond “Teeeeeeaaa” (in a really high pitched voice)
  • The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Abba and Simon & Garfunkel featured heavily on my Dad’s playlist. He would put them on in the lounge and when he wasn’t watching I would see him strutting his stuff, doing the Daddy Groove. Oh yeah, a funky operator indeed!
  • Being a teacher, he was quite strict especially when it came to education. He would shake his head in disbelief about my inability to make “X the subject”. Who would have guessed that I would be an accountant later on in life!
  • As I grew up and I introduced him to my boyfriend (now my husband) I would call him “My wee Daddy” thinking of it as a term of endearment to which he replied (Cue strong Glaswegian accent)”Do ya think I belong in the circus or somethin’ ?”. Ah, he does make me chuckle!
My Wee Daddy on Conic Hill with Loch Lomond in the background

My Wee Daddy on Conic Hill with Loch Lomond in the background

This Father’s Day I wanted to bake him something to thank him for all his love, kindness and affection over the years. In confirming his favourite cake, he said “Sponge but without the cream”. Well Pop, I know that my baking skills aren’t really up to scratch but think I can do a wee bit better than just boring old sponge. How about some Coconut Madeleines? You know like sponge but different…..yeah?

Baking has never been my strong point and I don’t own a huge variation of baking gadgets. I’ve been wanting to make Madelienes for a while but could not get hold of the proper tray. The last time I was in Paris, I bought a Moule 8 Madeleine Proflex by Tefal  (easier to transport than the metal equivalent). It is easier to remove the Madeleines when they have been baked but I do feel that you need to turn them over to bake for a few minutes more to achieve an all-round golden colour.

What you will need for Coconut Madeleines

Ingredients for Coconut Madeleines

The observant among you will notice I have two flavour extracts as I was debating whether to use Coconut or Vanilla. In the end I opted for Coconut. The recipe was inspired by  Tefal and Nigella Lawson.

Coconut Madeleines

Prep Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Serving Size: Makes 12 Madeleines

My first attempt at Madeleines and I made a few mistakes - largely because I had my silly hat on! It ranged from forgetting to buy the right ingredients, to not adding the butter, to then using the grill instead of oven. I am pleased to say on my third attempt, I had better results!


  • 2 large eggs
  • 100g of plain flour
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 75g of melted unsalted butter,
  • The zest of one lemon
  • 50g of dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp of coconut extract
  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. After you have melted the butter, leave to one side to cool down.
  2. Sieve the baking powder and plain flour in a bowl to achieve a smooth and lump free consistency.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and the caster sugar.
  4. When you feel the melted butter is cold enough, add it to the eggs and sugar and mix well.
  5. Slowly add the flour and baking powder with the coconut extract.
  6. Finally add the dessicated coconut and lemon zest and combine well.
  7. Cover the mixture and set aside for one hour.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C. (I am using the silicon tray for baking so please consult other instructions if you are using the metal trays).
  9. Fill the silicon tray about 2/3 and bake in oven for 4 minutes at 220°C, and then for a further 7 minutes at 170°C.
  10. Remove from oven and turn the Madeleines over and bake for a further 5 minutes or until a golden brown colour.
  11. Remove from oven and leave on a well aerated cooling tray.
  12. Dust with icing sugar and serve with coffee for breakfast or afternoon tea.

Dad, here is wishing you a Fabulous Father’s Day. Thanks for all the happy memories xxx.

Do you have any memories of food as a child? What was your favourite snack ? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Camilla June 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Your Coconut Madeleines look perfect! As a child my favourite sweets were sherbet pips and pear drops, a phase which I had to grow out of quite quickly after a trip to the dentist to have 4 fillings! I’ve been a chocoholic ever since as I reckoned this wasn’t quite as bad as boiled sweets, Fry’s Turkish Delight and Peppermint Aero were always my favourites but sadly they don’t make the latter anymore.


2 Jacqueline June 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Welcome to my wee blog Camilla. Thanks for paying a visit! Sherbet pips ring a bell – I’ll have to google them :-) I remember the flying saucers with sherbet in the middle – melt on the outside and tingly on the tongue. They were rather good too. That was a tough lesson to learn for the love of Pear Drops! I didn’t realise they stopped making Peppermint Aero now -what a shame!


3 rita cooks italian June 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I enjoyed reading your post. What a lovely relationship between your Dad and the girls. He deserves the Coconut Madeleines, a classic treat time. My favourite snack as a child was pizza. In Italy pizza is eaten at any time of the day! I loved simple pizza rossa (with tomato sauce) or bianca (whitout tomato).


4 Jacqueline June 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

Oh thanks Rita – that’s kind of you. We were blessed to have our Dad looking after us :-)
I can imagine that Pizza is a firm favourite in Italy. When we went to Naples a few years ago we made sure to have pizza. We thoroughly enjoyed it with a very thin and crispy base. I still enjoy the odd pizza now and again – more often now with chilli and chorizo or pepperoni :-)


5 All That I'm Eating June 19, 2012 at 12:52 am

What a lovely post. It’s so nice that you’ve got all those memories and you can share them. I bet your Dad loved the madelines; what a great thing to do.


6 Jacqueline June 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

Thanks Caroline. I wasn’t too sure whether to share the memories in such a public forum but I’ll make an exception for my Dad. He’s the best :-)


7 Monet June 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

What a touching post. My father also lost his first wife. He raised my two older sisters by himself for eight years before he met my mom. Thank you for sharing these memories with us. It was a wonderful post to read. And of course, your coconut madeleines look just delicious.


8 Jacqueline June 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

Thanks Monet for taking the time to read and comment on this post. It was important for me to mark the occasion of Father’s Day by paying tribute to my Dad.


9 Jacqueline June 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Such a lovely post and your madeleines look great. I just saw some savoury one this morning. I think they were on More Than Occasional Baker. I had never thought of that before. Must get a Madeleine tray as yours sound good too :)


10 Jacqueline June 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thanks Jac for paying a visit to my blog. Yes, funnily enough I saw other recipes for Madeleines using green olives and ham which was a first for me as I always imagined them to be sweet! I’ll need to get round to trying the savoury type one of these days :-)


11 lisaiscooking June 20, 2012 at 4:52 am

Your Dad must have loved the madeleines. They look perfect with a cup of tea!


12 Jacqueline June 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Thanks Lisa. I’m always a bit reticent when it comes to baking as the measurements are so precise but these turned out quite well in the end!


13 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies June 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

These madeleines look so delicious. But, I’m mostly drooling over that picture of Loch Lomond! I would love to travel there someday, it looks so beautiful!!


14 Jacqueline June 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

Hey Jen! Thanks very much for dropping by. Scotland has some of the best landscape – I only regret not seeing more of it when I lived there. Fortunately, I am still able to make the odd visit to Scotland and quite often go on hikes with my Dad.


15 Jess Jann June 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm

MMMMMM…that looks sooo good! I love your blog! keep it coming, and I never tried tokio joe’s! where is that?!

PS: your dad seems super cute!


16 Jacqueline June 28, 2012 at 9:41 am

Hi Jess thanks for your kind comment :-)


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