I can not get over how delicious this financier is, I love the lightness, and moistness at the first bite. The mancha is not too over powering, and you can really taste sesame in it. What more? The process in the making is ridiculously painless, and it can be made last minute as long as you have all ingredients ready in hand.
A good quality Mancha powder might be hard to come by at a regular super market, so a trip to in a Japanese grocery store near by your area is probably the best option. Other wise, online store like Amazon, most likely will decent quality mancha powder, but if you really want to splurge on a quality, I think this company will be a good option. At first, you probably reluctant about spending that much money for a small amount Mancha powder, and not sure what to use for it other then baking this cake? Well, before you know it, you will be making mancha latte, mancha milk for kid afternoon drink, mancha ice ice cream (that just give me an idea), and oh not to mention, mancha mochi (which is also ridiculously easy to make). So, I truly encourage you to splurge some Mancha!
David Lebovitz Green Tea Financier
Recipe adapted from Lynn, where she adapted the recipe from David Lebovitz's book, Ready For Dessert
makes 24 small cakes
55 gr ground almond
100 gr sugar
1 tbs white sesame seeds, lightly toasted
45 gr all-purpose flour
2½ tsp mancha powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
4 large egg whites
85 gr unsalted butter, melted - cooled
about a teaspoon each of black, and white sesame seeds for topping
1 tbs butter, to grease the pan
Preheat oven to 375℉.
Grease mini muffin pans (with 24 holes) with butter. Set aside.
In a food processor, add ground almond, sugar, lightly toasted white sesame seeds, all purpose flour, mancha powder, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Pulse for about 5 to 10 seconds just to combine. Add egg white and melted butter, process for another 5 to 10 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly combine.
Spoon the batter evenly into muffin pan, sprinkle the top with sesame seeds. Rap the pan on the counter top to level the batter and releasing the air pockets. Bake in the middle rack for 12 minutes, or until financier feels firm when gently pressed with finger. Remove the pan from the oven, then transfer financiers into cooling rack to cool completely.