Monday, February 7, 2011

The Sand, the Sea and the Salted Financier

We just had a weekend escapade at Lorne, a seaside town along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. The beach is beautiful and it was relaxing hanging out at the resort and cafes. What a perfect atmosphere for a nice weekend and also for the coming Valentine's day... I'm in love! I love my husband, my son and ...not forgetting my hobby, BAKING. LOL!

I love the smell of burnt butter and fell in love with this recipe immediately when I saw this post by Daily Delicious. Pook, the author of Daily Delicious, is a very talented lady that can read lots of languages and bake very well.  

To express my love for the sweet-smelling, nutty-flavored burnt butter, I've made these financiers into heart shapes. I've slightly modified the financiers to give them a little sugary crunch with demerara sugar and the first bite is absolutely speechless for me... 

The salted financier...

We are staying at the Mantra Erskine Beach Resort and these are the views of our holidays...
The beach is right next to our doorstep and sound of waves is so enchanting...

Here's the recipe from Daily Delicious (with my modification in blue)

15g Almond meal
30g Hazelnut meal (I replace with almond meal)
113g Icing sugar
45g Cake flour
2g Salt
113g Butter
113g Egg white
11g Invert sugar or honey
Maldon sea salt (I use normal salt)

Put the butter into saucepan and melt over medium heat, then lower the heat and let the butter brown (you can see that the milk segment will turn into brown bit). Let the butter cool. (I added honey into the slightly cooled butter and mix until combined.)

Preheat the oven to 150°C then roast the almond and hazelnut powder for 15 minutes. Let the nut powder cool a bit before using it. Meanwhile turn up the heat to 230°C. (I turn up the heat to only 190°C)

Sift the roasted nut powder with flour and icing sugar. Pour half of the egg white into the flour mixture. (I mixed all egg white into the flour mixture.)

Put the rest of the egg white into a bowl; pour the invert sugar (or honey) into the bowl. Place the bowl over warm water, stir the mixture until the temperature turn into 40°C, and the invert sugar melted. (I didn't do this.)

Grease pan with butter. Pour the egg white mixture into the flour mixture, follow by the melted butter, stir to combine. Divide the batter into the prepared pan, and sprinkle with the salt Turn down the heat to 190°C and bake for 16 minutes or until the financier is brown.

I made 12 mini heart financiers with 1/2 of this recipe with a little bit of excess batter as leftover. I have reduced the icing sugar to 45g for the 1/2 of this recipe. Instead of just salt, I've mixed 1 tsp demerara sugar with a pinch of salt and sprinkle them on the divided batter before baking.

Happy Baking
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  1. looks beautiful I am coming to Melbourne next month drop me a line if you want
    rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

  2. these are really beautiful Zoe! well done!

  3. Wow, those look so moist and delicious. I've never had a financier before but they certainly sound good.

  4. beautiful scenery and a great bake! glad you enjoyed yourself with your family :D

  5. Sooo gorgeous and beautiful looking bakes..Those clicks are truly feast for eyes..

  6. Hi Zoe,

    Wow..what a wonderful weekend escape you have over there and looking at those photos makes me want to pop over to "Great Ocean Road" again.....

    Secondly, you have some very lovely financiers too :)

  7. love the cookies! what amazing photos- thanks for sharing:) that is definitely a great place to get away. i'm in love looking at the photos :)

  8. hmmm nutty burnt butter...i have a thing for that too :P

    such a relaxing break u guys had at lorne...the sound of the waves much have been so soooothing!

    happy chinese NY to you too zoe - best wishes to you and your family :) thanks for ur comment! yea ive started many posts but am finding it hard to finish them these days! i dream often about posting tho :P if that counts lol. enjoy the rest of your week!

  9. Beautiful treats and I am jealous of the beaches. I want summer desperately!

  10. Your pictures are beautiful! Australia looks lovely. (As do your treats!)


  11. wow u're quick to submit a post for aspiring bakers! i'm still trying to find time for mine :P your cookies look adorable and delightful!

    damn i adore the scenery u get in Aussie, over here, we only have plastic bags littered beaches. geez.

  12. Everything looks great - the pictures of your holiday AND the heart shaped financiers. (Oh, and no, I'm not holding out on anyone...I'll be single on Valentine's. Ah well. lol)

  13. looks like a wonderful, relaxing time!

  14. These sound wonderfully unique and they certainly are beautiful to look at. I suspect they'll be moving from your kitchen to mine in the very near future. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

  15. I am loving your weekend outdoor pictures. Absolutley gorgeous! Those goodies came perfectly in time. They look truely delicious.
    Hope you're having a great day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  16. Last week, the MTL foodies were organizing a financier competition, they were about 15 different financiers to taste and judge who did the best. Someone even made a savory one with olive and sun-dried tomatoes...

    Yours look amazing!

  17. I just recently made brownies with a browned butter and the nuttiness flavor really brought the brownies up a notch. I can see why you are enjoying this new flavor too.


  18. Those financiers look absolutely delicious! Looks like you guys have a beautiful time surrounded by the gorgeous scenery!

  19. The photos are GREAT! These little treats are so lovely, too!

  20. What a creative way to present this. Super super cute!

    Hi there, I'm your latest follower!

  21. These little treats look SO good! Very buttery and moist--like mini muffins! Glad you enjoyed your vacation-- Hope you're having a great week :)

  22. What a beautiful place to stay! And these treats look so soft, fluffy and delicious! Just lovely.

  23. Beautiful pictures Zoe! I gave you an award today:

  24. Beautiful photos! Envy! Envy! The financiers looks delightful. I bought the mould a couple of months back, but have yet to bake any!

  25. These sound delicious...I bet their sheet ecstasy. I love all of the components! And what a dreamy little the pictures =)