Baking Chez Moi: Matcha Financiers & Odile’s Fresh Orange Cake

Matcha Financiers

Sometimes the oddest combinations make the best of flavor friends.  Such is the case with the matcha financiers.

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The ingredients look pretty innocuous but if you look close you’ll notice the little tin of matcha green tea.  This bright and bitter ingredient makes these little cakes both odd and extremely tasty.

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The batter looks completely unappetizing.  Particularly in my pink mixing bowls.

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They baked up into strange green little mushrooms.

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The cakes are tender with a nice little crust.  The sweet nuttiness goes surprisingly well with the green tea bitter and bold.

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I thought this sweet little green treat might be a tough sell but turns out the flavor won everyone over.  These turned out to be pretty easy to make and a nice little treat.

Odile’s Fresh Orange Cake

We’re always blessed with an abundance of citrus as our neighborhood was built on an old citrus farm.  The company still has a little shop on our road and has been in business since 1937.  The only issue is that many of our fruit isn’t the picture perfect citrus you often see but rather was intended to be juiced and contains quite a bit of seeds.

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The batter was quite curdled to the point it made me a bit nervous about the final product.DSC_0021.jpg

I made syrup for this and tried poaching orange slices as well.  However the seeds I had removed left big holes and a lot of my slices either dissolved or looked pretty terrible.  I ended up with orange slice freckles on top of my cake.

DSC_0030.jpgDSC_0049.jpgDSC_0050.jpgDSC_0065.jpgI was a little concerned over the appearance of the cake but took it along to my neighbor’s Sunday afternoon cook out anyways.  Everyone loved the cake.  It was fresh and perfect for a warm Arizona day.  If I make this again I might experiment with some candied peel for decoration or poach some grapefruit slices and have this be a citrus cake instead of just an orange one.

-Christie

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