Green Tea Financiers

September 25, 2012

Massive apologies for the blog silence but I’ve been thwarted by a simple cold that won’t go away and I’ve been bandying about like a big baby. I tried to remain drugless but after two weeks I lost my shit and demanded to be knocked out on codeine. Thank goodness The Captain is a patient lad because I can warp into quite a formidable attention-seeking monster demanding puppy cuddles and foot rubs. I’m on the mend now but I’ll still happily accept pats on the head and a violin recital.

Speaking of puppies, it has been six weeks since I adopted my rescue pooch Kiki and she has made huge progress. It was tough for us to see her cower and run away in the beginning but we persisted and now she walks around with her tail up and wagging. This week, after a couple of false starts, she finally went on her first walk. Woohoo! First it was one street and then the whole block the next day. We had a temporary setback when she spotted the neighbourhood kids playing and froze for five minutes but then she got up and continued on all by herself. You really couldn’t smack the grin off my face when I saw her trotting and skipping down the street with her tail up and the breeze blowing in her face. She’s learning how to be a normal happy dog so quickly and we are the proudest parents.

While we’re on a happy high, check out these awesome financiers. As a shameless custard lover, leftover egg whites are the bane of my existence but it just kills me to throw it all away. And seeing as I really don’t like meringues or macarons all that much, my saviour are these little bad boys. I absolutely adore them with a glass of ice cold Malaysian soya bean milk; much better than chicken soup and pills in my honest opinion (well actually they might not make the cold disappear but at least they’d make me feel better!).

Green tea not your thang? Simply skip it and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or replace with good quality Dutch processed cocoa powder, it’ll still be a winner. There are so many different ways to flavour and change them up but the bottom line is, they’re still super quick and easy to make. Oh and fyi, I like baking mine in mini muffin tins just because it’s way more fun to pop them whole in my mouth *smile*

Green Tea Financiers
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 130g unsalted butter
  2. 50g plain flour
  3. 5g cornflour (cornstarch)
  4. 10g green tea powder (matcha powder)
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 130g egg whites (from approximately 4 large eggs)
  7. 130g caster sugar
  8. 50g hazelnut or almond meal
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 24 mini muffin tin well with canola oil spray or butter.
  2. Melt butter in a pan over low heat. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook butter until it’s light brown and nutty in fragrance (when the spluttering and noise dies down, it’s nearly ready so keep a watchful eye to stop it from burning). Strain brown butter into a heatproof bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, sift plain flour, cornflour, green tea powder and salt twice. With your stand mixer or by hand, whisk the egg whites until it has ‘loosened’ and is frothy. Whisk in the sugar until mixed then add the hazelnut/almond meal and whisk to combine.
  4. Gently stir through the sifted flour mix then the brown butter until just combined. Do not overmix. Divide batter amongst your muffin tin and bake for 10-12 minutes or until it’s lightly golden and the centres spring back when lightly pressed. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes then turn out and leave to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar if you wish.
Notes
  1. Recipe adapted from Okashi by Keiko Ishida
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Felicia @ Next Stop: Food October 8, 2012 at 23:23

Kiki’s absolutely adorable! I adopted my dog as well and I love her to bits :) Can’t wait to try your recipe !
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Sophia October 8, 2012 at 18:36

Great post and I totally agree about not wanting to waste anything, especially egg whites. But, you have now left me with another conundrum – if I make these financiers tonight, I have to figure out what to do with the leftover egg yolks! I guess I could make some ice cream …
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Citrus and Candy October 8, 2012 at 20:13

Or there’s always custards, crème brulées, chocolate fondants… this is why I always end up with so many egg whites myself ;)

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RagingCravings October 4, 2012 at 15:18

These look amazing! Green tea flavour is something I wish everyone will get used to. Such a unique flavour.

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Katherine October 3, 2012 at 22:08

I love Kiki already. You are an amazing person to have helped adopt her Karen.Such a gorgeous photo. The financiers look yummy too ehehehe.
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Diane October 3, 2012 at 18:58

Wish I had read this before dinner this evening..Delicious kind of muffin…I cant wait to try it..
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shane October 3, 2012 at 18:50

looks really great.

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Susan September 30, 2012 at 01:32

Firstly, Kudos to you on choosing a rescue pooch to take home!! So many people won’t choose dogs from shelters because they want “pure bred” puppies and so many dogs get euthanised because of that. Secondly, the financiers look delicious and I love the idea of baking them in a mini muffin tray! Clever!! I will be trying these out with some cocoa powder in them. Yum!

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Citrus and Candy October 1, 2012 at 19:57

Hi Susan, plus they’d mostly want to adopt young dogs that are already well adjusted and socialised rather than the dogs that need ‘work’. Adopting rescue dogs in need is a cause very dear to my heart and that will never change. The only thing I regret is that I don’t have more space to adopt more dogs! Thank you for your lovely comments and hope you enjoy the (chocolate) financiers :)

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Stephanie September 29, 2012 at 03:27

Aww you are such good puppy parents!

These looks so simple and delicious, wish I had one to go along with my mug of tea
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Christine @ Cooking Crusade September 27, 2012 at 19:42

Aww, congrats on adopting the gorgeous lil Kiki – she is sooo cute! Love her name too! Hope you’re feeling better soon – I’m sure these yummy looking muffins are just the cure :)
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milkteaxx September 26, 2012 at 20:53

ive been patiently waiting for ur next post and its on green tea too! win-win! hope you get better soon!
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Simon Food Favourites September 26, 2012 at 11:55

loving your photography. it has a nice warmth to them.
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Sara (Belly Rumbles) September 25, 2012 at 22:41

OMG Kiki is so gorgeous and what great progress. Wish I had read this before dinner this evening, could of gone pat pat pat :p
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Anna September 25, 2012 at 22:02

These look gorgeous! I always have a stash of egg whites in my freezer (usually because I’ve been making too much custard!). I’ve been too scared to try making macarons – financiers look like the perfect way to use them up. Also, Kiki is beautiful. Get well soon. Xo

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Miss Piggy September 25, 2012 at 16:26

Glad to hear that KiKi is doing so well – she’s a gorgeous little pup. And glad to hear your cold is getting better with your self-medicating via cakes & puppy pats.
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Anna September 25, 2012 at 15:37

What lovely cakes! I adore some crinkles on the top )
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thecitygourmand September 25, 2012 at 14:08

A great fusion of East and West if ever there was one! They look awesome :)

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thecitygourmand September 25, 2012 at 14:06

A wonderful fusion of East and West if ever there was one! They look swell :)

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Phuoc'n Delicious September 25, 2012 at 14:04

Oh yes! I’m on the same boat as you, damn those excess of egg whites. Good news about Kiki, loving what you guys do
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Tina@foodboozeshoes September 25, 2012 at 09:52

I could go one of them right now! Kiki is adorable :) Glad to hear she’s settling in well
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