February 24, 2012

Pear & Vanilla Financiers

These beauties were light and soft. The vanilla flavour really enchanted the pears! Financiers are a type of French little cakes with, as the main ingredient, ground almonds. They are in the shape of an ingot, which is where they got their name from. I like them plain or with berries or chocolate. The combination of pears, vanilla and almonds was really a winner. I used rice flour, which made them naturally gluten-free, and also gave them a perfect texture. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!

I took a book at the library, called the Chopra Centre Cookbook, which features beautiful healthy recipes. In the first section there was a chapter in which they gave 7 precepts to follow for a diet that helps you get greater mental and physical well being. I found them very inspiring and would like to share them with you:

  • 1. Eat a wide variety of foods during the day
  • 2. Listen to your body’s signals of hunger and satiety
  • 3. Use food to fill the emptiness in your stomach, not your heart
  • 4. If a meal isn’t delicious, it isn’t nourishing you
  • 5. Favour foods that are natural and vital
  • 6. Use herbs and spices liberally as both flavour and health enhancers
  • 7. Eat with awareness

    Have a lovely weekend!
  • Pear & Vanilla Financiers – makes 9 small cakes

  • • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • • 40g rice flour
  • • 100g ground almonds
  • • 6tbsp agave syrup
  • • 90g unsalted butter
  • • A pinch of salt
  • • 1tbsp vanilla extract
  • • The seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  • • 1 pear, peeled and sliced

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • 2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Once melted, leave to cool for a few moments and add the agave syrup and vanilla extract.
  • 3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, almonds, salt and vanilla seeds. Add the eggs and the butter mix. Mix well.
  • 4. Spoon into 9 financier (or little cakes) dish. Place a slice of pear on top of each cake.
  • 5. Pop in the oven for 20-25min until cooked through. Leave to cool down for a bit before unmolding. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy!

    Financiers Poire-Vanille – pour environ 9 financiers

  • • 3 blancs d’œufs, battus
  • • 40g de farine de riz
  • • 100g de poudre d’amandes
  • • 6cs de sirop d’agave
  • • 90g de beurre non salé
  • • Une pincée de sel
  • • 1cs d’extrait de vanille
  • • Les graines d’une gousse de vanille
  • • 1 poire, pelée et coupée en tranches

  • 1. Préchauffer le four à 180°C.
  • 2. Faire fondre le beurre dans une petite casserole. Une fois fondu, le laisser refroidir quelques instants, puis ajouter le sirop d’agave et l’extrait de vanille.
  • 3. Dans un grand bol, mélanger la farine, l’amande, le sel et les graines de vanille. Ajouter les œufs, puis le beurre. Bien mélanger.
  • 4. Verser le mélange dans 9 moules à financier. Mettre une tranche de poire sur le dessus de chaque gâteau.
  • 5. Mettre au four pour 20-25min. Laisser refroidir un peu avant de démouler. Finir de refroidir sur une grille. Déguster !
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