This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is a take on one of my favourite French treats – financiers. Financiers are small cakes, very similar to sponge cakes but contain almond flour and are made with beurre noisette. Typically, they are are baked in small rectangular molds (the name financier is said to come from this traditional mold, which looks like a gold bar and the story goes that these were popular snacks in the financial district of Paris surrounding the Paris stock exchange (the Bourse) – perhaps another explanation for the name. You can make financiers in the traditional rectangular-shaped molds or alternatively, as I most often do, mini muffin molds.
I’ve made financiers before for French Fridays with Dorie and that is my “go-to” recipe (and the one I use in the French baking classes I teach around Toronto). This week’s version uses (very expensive) matcha (green tea) powder (I found mine in the local health food store – and it was nearly $30 for a tiny jar! – but you can find culinary grade powder on Amazon) to delicately flavour and vibrantly colour the financiers. Now, I am not the biggest fan of tea in general and matcha is quite strong but I’ve had it in desserts before where the tea served to make a potentially overly-sweet dessert perfect and colour it beautifully so I was interested to try this.
I used my *usually* non-stick mini muffin tins but for some reason these financiers stuck 🙁
As you can see, as well as there being a large number of these which stuck to the pans (I should have used mini cupcake liners…), the colour was nowhere near the vibrant green one might expect 🙁 I’m not sure what happened because the powder was beautiful and green but as soon as I mixed it into the batter, it turned pea-soupy colour and once it was baked, you could barely see it at all. On top of that, the flavour was a little “grassy” for my liking 🙁
Get the recipe for Matcha Financiers on p 206 of Baking Chez Moi.
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