Financiers Express

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Financiers (pronounced fee-nahng-syehr) are French tea cakes with a soft and moist texture. You can bake them in individual tart pans (molds) or muffin tins.  

Ingredients for 5 large muffins:
1 stick unsalted butter, or 1 stick salted butter and skip the salt
1/4 cup gluten free flour
1/2 cup ground almonds (I use almond meal)
1/2 cup confectioner (powdered or icing) sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Butter the molds with a pastry brush or some paper towel.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, ground almonds, sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the lightly beaten egg whites, vanilla, and butter. Fill each mold almost to the rim and bake for about 20 minutes (less for smaller ones) until the cookies have become golden brown around the edges and are springy to the touch.

Excellent eaten warm from the oven, but can be covered and stored for a few days at room temperature or in the refrigerator. You can also enjoy them with jam, chocolate sauce, ice cream or a fruit salad.

Bon appetit !

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Nid de printemps – Spring nest

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Ingredients for about 4 nests:

3 cups shredded hash browns, I used frozen ones.

1 cup shredded cheese: I used parmesan, romano and asiago. You can put Gruyere or blue cheese too.

2 eggs

6 to 8 slices of bacon

12 quail eggs

salad with small leaves like water cress

salt and pepper

optional; hollandaise sauce

Boil water in a pan and add the quail eggs for about 5 minutes until they are hard boiled. When they are colder, delicately remove  the shell.

Brown 4 slices of bacon twisted to make like tree branches. Cut the rest of the bacon in small pieces and brown also. Remove and set aside.

In a salad bowl, mix the hash browns, cheese, regular eggs, some salt, pepper and pieces of bacon.

In the pan used to brown the bacon, put 1/4 of this mixture and form the shape of a nest. Flip with a spatula after at least 5 minutes, the nest should be light brown. If you have enough space, you can cook several nests at the same time.

On a plate, arrange a nest with 3 quail eggs and on the side a twist of bacon and some salad.

You can make a hollandaise sauce to go with this dish, following the instructions on the packet. Serve it on the side.

If you can’t find quail eggs at your regular store, Asian stores generally carry them.

Perfect for a brunch or light meal.

Bon appetit !

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