Madeleines are very small shell-shaped sponge cakes. The flavor is similar to, pound cake, but the texture is much lighter.
Traditional recipes include very finely ground nuts such as almonds.
“Over and over again
I keep tasting that sweet madeleine
looking back at my life now and then
asking: if not later then when?”
Pet Shop Boys “Memory of the Future”
To make English Madeleines, after baking, coat the cakes with jam and shredded coconut.