Here is a little hors 'd oeuvre that I did a few weeks back.  Financiers are traditionally a brown butter almond cake served at the end of the meal.  I wanted to make it savory and serve it at the beginning of the meal.  I wanted something that could be easily put together for a party I was doing.  If you have the components ready ahead of time this little sweet and savory bite is a great starter to the evening.  I combined miso and and a little almond butter to give the batter the saltiness.  I also add a touch of sriracha just for a very subtle spice.  I topped the little cake off with a date-black garlic puree and a spiced candied kumquat.  This little one bite morsel is really a surprise, not what you would expect.  But well worth the effort, had lots of great feedback from this appetizer.  Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it


4 oz of sugar

6 oz of blond miso

5 oz of almond butter

6 oz of browned butter (buerre noisette)

3 eggs room temp

1 tbsp of mirin

1 1/2 tsp of sriracha 

3 oz of bread flour

1/4 tsp of baking powder


Date-Black Garlic Puree

10 medjool dates seeds removed

1 whole black garlic bulb cloves removed

1 cup of water 

1 tsp of ginger juice 

salt to taste


Spiced candied kumquats

1 cup of kumquats sliced 

1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar

1/3 cup of sugar

1 tsp of aji roja puree


snipped chives for garnish

For the Black garlic date puree,

Place black garlic cloves in a pot with water.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.  Pour into a blender and add the rest of the ingredients.  Puree until smooth and fairly thick.  Strain and place in a plastic squirt bottle.

For the Spiced Candied Kumquat,

Add all the ingredients to a small pot and bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes until only 1/3 of the liquid is left.  Turn off and let it cool.

For the Financier,

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees

In a mixing bowl add sugar, miso, almond butter, mirin, and browned butter.  Mix well, then add sriracha and the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly.  In a separate bowl mix flour and baking powder.  Then add the four mixture to the batter.  Mix until well incorporated.  Then spray a mini muffing pan with non stick spray.  With a small ice cream scoop, fill each empty space with a one scoop of batter.  Then place in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Take out and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

To finish

Take out the financier and squirt with a little black garlic date sauce on top.  Take one piece of spiced kumquat and place on top.  Then finish with a chive stick.  Serve and Enjoy!