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Riverford Pumpkin Madeleines with Pumpkin Custard & Cinnamon Meringue

Serves: 16

Ready in: 60 mins +

Unusual and slightly long winded but totally worth it, these pumpkin madeleines with are the ultimate autumnal treat! The little teatime morsels are served with a pumpkin custard that's topped with a cinnamon meringue – although the meringue isn’t necessary, it certainly adds an impressive finish. All the elements can be made individually, too, in case you don’t want to tackle the whole recipe.

Riverford Pumpkin Madeleines with Pumpkin Custard & Cinnamon Meringue Recipe: Live Green & Good


For the custard:

500g pumpkin flesh
50g sugar
5 free-range egg yolks
½ pt cream

For the meringue:

100g free-range egg whites
130g caster sugar
70g soft dark brown sugar
pinch of cinnamon

For the madeleines (makes about 32; can be halved if too many):

225g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
1 free-range egg
200g plain flour
100g soft dark brown sugar
200g pumpkin purée
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt


  • Start by making a pumpkin purée. Cook the pumpkin flesh in water until soft, then strain and purée in a food processor until smooth. Pass through a sieve and chill. Once the mix is chilled, pre-heat an oven to 120C/250F/Gas 1/2.
  • Beat the sugar and egg yolks until thick and creamy. Warm the cream over a medium heat until it just comes to the boil then whisk into the egg yolk mix, followed by 200g of the pumpkin purée. Strain into a jug and fill four ramekins or one bigger dish. Place the dish/ramekins into a roasting tray and add enough warm water to cover half the height of the dish/ramekins. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until there is a slight wobble in the middle. Remove and chill in the fridge. Top with the meringue from below or top with sugar then blow torch for a crème brûlée finish.
  • To make the merginue, in a metal round bottom bowl, combine the egg whites, both sugars and the cinnamon. Place over a simmering pan of water and whisk continuously until the sugars have dissolved. The mixture should be warm if you dip your finger in and it will still be liquid at this stage. Using an electric whisk, whisk until thick, glossy and cooled. Top the custard(s) and either blow torch to finish or brown under a grill. Any leftover meringue can be baked at 90˚C for 1 ½-2 hours, until dry.
  • To make the madeleines, pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Cream the butter and both sugars for around 10 minutes. Add the egg and a spoonful of flour to help it mix in comfortably, then fold in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Grease and flour a madeleine tray(s). Spoon the mix into the tray and bake for 10-12 minutes. Once cooked, allow to sit for two minutes, then remove from the tray and place on a cooling rack. Serve with the custard and meringue.
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