Showing posts from March, 2019

Easier Financiers, in proportions you can't forget!

This is an updated version of my previously posted financiers. I made these for a potluck and everyone wanted recipe! I tweaked these for an easier-to-remember recipe. Just half the dry ingredients each time, plus butter and egg-whites. Super easy to remember, as easy as they are to make! Ingredients: 6 egg whites 1 stick butter, browned 1 cup almond powder 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 flour Instruction:  Heat butter on medium low heat until browned. Add almond powder & sugar to egg whites. Mix until combined. Add brown butter; mix well. Finally add flour, lightly whisk until just combined. Fill the molds ~2/3 of the way through; spread batter out evenly with a skewer if needed. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. If using metal molds, unmold while warm; if using silicon mold, broil the cakes up-side-down for 3~5 minutes after unmolding for a crispy edge. Video Instruction: Useful tools : silicon mold: non-stick metal mold:

Venetian-Style Squid Ink Pasta (spaghetti al nero di seppia)

Impress your guests with this exotic dish that is deceptively simple! Derived from my best memory of Venice (and out of necessity here in the US - difficult to find outside nyc or sf, & pretty much impossible to get it on the cheap). This recipe can be done in 15 minutes. As usual, this is the lazy bum's approach - I'm not cleaning a cuttlefish and collecting ink. Buy a jar of squid ink from your local whole foods (or similar specialty grocery, or amazon ) and get pre-cleaned cuttlefish - previously frozen is perfectly fine. Get the pasta boiling and start with a sofrito base; saute squid or cuttlefish in the base; add squid ink and a broth (I'm using clam juice, seafood stock or even vegetable broth would work just as well) A sofrito is a blend of aromatics, I would say the only essential component here is olive oil, garlic, and onions. You can dial back the tomatoes and pepper if you're not a big fan of sweet and spicy, or if you have an empty pantry. (Tom