Pause-café – Matcha tea financier with grilled peaches and strawberry coulis
Financier au thé vert, pêches grillées et coulis de fraises
Financiers are a traditional individual little French cakes made with almond powder and brown butter. Usually they’re rectangular but I gave them their original round shape. They’re sometimes called Visitandines, due to their original fabrication by Visitandines nuns. They used to be round like these ones but became rectangular over the years and especially after arriving in Switzerland where the Swiss decided to make them rectangular.
Financier in French also refers to people working in the finance field. It’s been said that these tiny cakes were created by a pastry chef or what we call pâtissier so that finance people would not make their fingers dirty while eating them. I don’t know if it’s true, but I think that there is always something true in popular ear-say.
After surfing the wonderful site called l’Atelier des Chefs, I saw this little dessert that tempted me and I decided to try it out. Do not hesitate to make these financiers, they’re delightful. I only substituted agave nectar to powdered sugar in the coulis which adds a more natural and flavorful touch, other than that the recipe remained the same.
Since peaches are in season, it’s the perfect time to grill them and eat them warm with these green tea cakes…and what’s better than a strawberry coulis to add the final touch? nothing. These mini cakes are very moist and absolutely perfect for any occasion.
Ingredients for about 10 financiers
For the Financiers
- 2.82 oz (or 80 g) almond flour or powder
- 1.76 oz (or 50 g) white flour
- 0.35 oz (or 10 g) matcha green tea powder
- 6.17 oz (or 175 g) powder sugar
- 5.29 oz (or 150 g) egg whites (about 3)
- 5.29 oz (or 150 g) butter
For the coulis and peaches
- 6 peaches
- 1/2 lb (or 250 g) strawberries
- agave nectar
For the financiers
In a mixing container combine all ingredients except butter. Melt butter in a pan and let it brown. Do not let if cook too long until it becomes too dark. It needs to have a nice nutty color. Let it cool and add to the other ingredients. Divide the batter in muffin molds (fill in the molds to half). Cook in a pre heated oven at 180C.
For the coulis, blend strawberries with agave nectar.
Cut peaches in slices and grill on a skillet on both sides.
Serve financiers with grilled peaches and strawberry coulis.
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