Friday, December 21, 2012

Yummy kumquat pistachio financiers ^^

What do you do with leftover egg whites, kumquat "candied" halves and puree?

You make kumquat financiers, of course! ^^ or macarons.. yikes ^^||!

Kumquat pistachio financiers (adapted from this post and canelleetvanille)

120g unsalted butter (may try 150g next time, just to see the difference, but 180g is a no-no!) 
1/2 cup (60g) flour, sifted
1/2 cup (60g) pistachio meal/almond meal (I used 40g pistachio + 20g almond)
55g icing sugar, sifted (reduced from 75g)
2 tbsp kumquat puree (or 1-2 tbsp honey)
4 egg whites
some kumquat candied halves
some pistachio bits (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C.

2. Make brown butter ^^. Melt butter over MEDIUM heat. Pay attention as the butter's boiling and crackling ~ and continue cooking until it turns clear and golden, and the milk solids have dropped to the bottom of pan. Once you see brown bits at the bottom of pan, remove from heat.. takes about 8-10 minutes from time butter boils to the brown bits. Leave to cool. Strain through a fine metal sieve or cheesecloth-lined strainer.

3. Combine flour, pistachio/almond meal and sugar till well blended.

4. Mix kumquat puree or honey into egg whites till well blended. NO NEED to beat or whisk till fluffy.

5. Fold egg whites mixture into the dry ingredients. Do not beat.

6. Gently fold melted brown butter into batter till well combined. Do not overbeat. Rest an hour (or overnight) in the fridge. (I didn't ^^!)

7. Pour about 2-3 tbsp batter into greased financier/tart/muffin moulds. Top with kumquat candied halves or puree. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
8. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Best eaten warm and fresh from the oven ^^

These financiers may not be big on looks (my fault ^^, should've used fluted tart tins but too lazy to grease them!), nor as melt-in-the-mouth-soft or as beautifully scented as the kumquat almond teacakes ^^.. they are, I assure you, still very yummy! ^^

They are nicely springy soft and moist, and very enjoyable on its own or over a cup of tea or coffee ^^. And I'm finally rid of 4 egg whites! ^^

p.s. i still have another punnet of kumquats in the fridge, mel.. and am (im-)patiently waiting for you to share another fabulous kumquat recipe ^^!


Mel said...

Hi Hui
Oh my, you are fast with another kumquat recipes. I have never made financiers before....i always thought financiers and madeleines more or less the same. No matter what, you made your financiers looking very beautifully baked. I guess any kumquats would taste heavenly delicious. Love it.

pudgy butterfly said...

happy birthday, mel ^^ the yummy kumquats teacakes were finished in a blink of an eye (except for one which i kept on purpose for breakfast ^^)! since i was out of cakes at breakfast yesterday, i had to bake something.. ^^ but well, only 2 fnanciers made it to breakfast this morning.. guess it's going to be a cakeless morning tomorrow ^^|| maybe i'll make the steamed fruit cake today.. i've been macerating the fruits in whisky/rum for almost 3 days.. about time, don't you think? ^^

Mel said...

Thanks Hui for your well wishes.... I guess your family members also loves to eat cakes too... Hee...I can have cakes for breakfast as well as for lunch.... the sreamed fruit cake that i made....i purpose keep one half to age for days/week now and ti taste so good. Just now my dad ask me next time to make to macerate the fruits with brandy too...

pudgy butterfly said...

you are making me salivate thinking about the steamed fruit cake, mel! can't wait to "bake" soonest ^^ hope my electric steamer makes it through the 4-hr long proces ^^

The Squishy Monster said...

You are a clever one with the leftovers...after my own heart, you are! I so dread throwing even bits and scraps away and the fact that you whipped up something this fantastic? Lovely!!! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

pudgy butterfly said...

thanks, squishy.. you have a good weekend too ^^

Lynna said...

These look SO cute! They look perfect to eat with tea. What a creative way to use leftovers, too.

Happy Holidays!

Jasline (Foodie Baker) said...

Hi Hui! Your financiers look delicious! I've not made it before but I feel like trying soon :) Can't wait to see more kumquat recipes too! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

pudgy butterfly said...

thanks, lynna and jasline! have a merry christmas and happy holidays, you guys ^^!