Chocolate Hazelnut Financiers

Chocolate Hazelnut Financiers

If you have ever had the pleasure of standing in front of a long display case in a French bakery you  know what an overwhelming experience it can be.  Facing dozens and dozens of perfectly formed and decorated sweets of every shape and size and deciding what to choose can be daunting.  As much as I admire all the perfect little works of art I love the small bites that aren’t overly fancy.  One of my favorites is the financier,  a small cake that is light and moist, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond  flour and beurre noisette, browned butter. Financiers are baked in shaped molds, usually small rectangular loaves or in mini-muffin tins.  The name financier is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a gold bar….see the photo at the bottom of this post. [Read More]

Barbecued Baked Beans

Barbecued Baked Beans

Despite the fact that we had a record rainfall yesterday I'm in summer mode and am hungry for all the wonderful side dishes that go along [Read More]

Rhubarb Cream Tea Cake

Rhubarb Custard Tea Cake

I have been saving this recipe for Rhubarb Custard Tea Cake  since last summer when I found it after rhubarb season was over.  My [Read More]