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It was on his Instagram account that pastry chef Christophe Michalak shared a perfect recipe for snack time: a financier with hazelnuts and orange blossom. As a reminder, financier is a generally rectangular-shaped pastry made from almond powder and egg whites. If this preparation will require a little patience for the rest time, we assure you, it is worth the effort. Here is the chef’s recipe for making this delicacy.

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Preparation time: 15 minutes

Rest time: 24 hours

Cooking time: 12 mins

For 4 people, you will need:

  • 120g butter
  • 10g of honey
  • 45g of T55 flour
  • 120g of icing sugar
  • 45g ground almonds
  • 1 pinch of baking powder
  • 40g or 4 cl of orange blossom
  • 100g or 3 pieces of egg whites
  • about 100g of roasted hazelnuts
  1. Start by cooking the butter in a saucepan until it turns a hazelnut color.
  2. Then pass it through a fine strainer.
  3. Add the honey.
  4. Then, reserve everything at room temperature.
  5. Sift together the icing sugar, flour and baking powder.
  6. Gently mix all the powders with a whisk.
  7. Gradually add the raw egg whites.
  8. Slowly add the butter/honey mixture as well as the orange blossom.
  9. Reserve the mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
  10. Then fill a mold ¾ (or several for individual financiers) of its height then sprinkle with previously toasted and crushed hazelnuts.
  11. Cook everything in a preheated oven at 180°C for around 12 minutes to obtain a beautiful caramel color.

And it’s ready!

Recipe taken from Christophe Michalak’s book “Desserts that make me crack” published by Grund Editions.


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