Mini-Raspberry Financiers

Mini-Raspberry Financiers

Many say a “financier” is a cake, but in my opinion they are not; they are financiers, and their name shouldn’t be translated. They are similar to cakes because they are spongy and delicious, but their distinctiveness comes from their stellar ingredients: almond flour and brown butter (beurre noisette)! Also, egg whites have to be in the recipe if you are making a financier, always. Some recipes call for beaten egg whites, others –the big majority I must say- non-beaten egg whites. The traditional shape of a financier is a rectangular one, but they can be made into whatever shape you prefer.
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Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

I absolutely love lemon cake; it’s my favourite cake. Especially with the glaze, oh –the-glaze! It always reminds me of home, only because growing up there would always be one on the counter during the weekends, and it would usually last for about five minutes; me, my brother and sisters and our friends would devour it at teatime. Always. No exceptions. Lately I’ve been experimenting with different lemon cake recipes, and also with different lemon cakes, period. As a declared fan, I’ve done my Paris grand tasting tour, and have found a definite winner: Lily’s Brownies, on Rue du Dragon, in the 6th arrondissment, has the best Lemon Cake, and consequently took on the first place, by far.
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