Growing up in India, tea time has always been a part of life. Even though its not like the english tea with cucumber sandwiches and cookies, having a biscuit, or a mini cake or even something savory like a samosa with a cup of Chai is very common. Continuing the tradition, I love having friends over for chai and try to make something fun to go with it

Madeleines, french mini-cakes/cookies are just perfect for such occasions. The story has it that when a chef forgot to make a desert, he stormed out of the kitchen. A little girl made these cakes and saved the day, and hence they are named after her, Madeleine and that’s how these cakes got their name.

I love traveling, it is my the most favorite thing to do in the world. Visiting new places, exploring new things, trying new foods, meeting new people, every aspect of travel is exciting. One of the favorites, no in fact the favorite place is Italy. I have been there thrice and I think the only way I will be content is if I move there. I visited Sicily, an island off of southern coast of the main land is a beautiful place. I fell in love immediately. Catania, Palermo and more, its just so gorgeous.

Mercato del Capo in Palermo

Sicily is a culinary melting pot, so many invaders and conquerers meant those many food influences. Chickpeas, Saffron, Oranges and more. You can almost know the history of the place looking at the food.

One more famous thing is the olive oil from Sicily. I loved tasting it and could understand why one can live off of a good olive oil 🙂

When I got my hands on this gorgeous olive oil from Nuvo, flavored intensely with my fav, blood orange, I went right back to the island of Siciliy. I thought, why not create a dessert that screams Sicilia ( imagine a handsome Italian man screaming that 🙂 )

Sicilian Cannoli

Here is the part one of that desert, don’t forget to check out the others to see how it all came together

Madeleines are usually made with butter, but I played around and made these with this floral olive oil.


Blood Orange Olive Oil Madeleines

A beautiful cookie/ cake flavored with floral blood orange olive oil, perfect to go with your afternoon tea or as a part of a desert

Course cake, cookies, Dessert
Cuisine French, fusion, Italian
Keyword baking, blood orange, cake, cookies, italy, madeliene, madelienes, siciliy, teatime
Servings 7


  • 85 Gms Blood Orange Olive oil you can also use plain olive oil
  • 10 Gms Honey 2 TBSP
  • 2 Eggs
  • 70 Gms Sugar
  • 90 Gms Sifted Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder


Mixing the batter

  1. Warm the olive oil. It should warm enough to melt the honey in it however not hot. Once the honey is melted, remove from heat and let it cool

  2. Whisk eggs and sugar until creamy

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and orange zest

  4. Add the oil mixture to the egg mixture and combine well

  5. Add the flour mixture and mix till everything comes together

Rest the batter

  1. Let the batter rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour

Heat the oven to 350 F

Prepare the pan

  1. Grease and flour a madeleine pan


  1. Bake the madeleines for 10-12 mins