April always seems to be a busy month. Back in college it was well known on campus that April was the month everyone was crazy busy. This year April seems to be particularly busy. Between my daughter’s Spring Break, having two sets of house guests, planning for a little vacation, my home improvement project, and keeping up with day-to-day tasks, I’m maxed out! Luckily it’s all fun stuff, so I’m not too stressed out about it.
Unfortunately the thing that seems to get put on the back burner when I’m really busy is my blogging. I don’t get much time to write, and I also can’t seem to find time to read and comment on others’ blogs. I feel bad that I’m not able to reciprocate when I get such nice comments!
I am still keeping up with my French Fridays with Dorie cooking and this week we made tasty little cakes called Financiers.
Financiers only contain six ingredients: butter (which is browned), sugar, almond flour, egg whites, and all-purpose flour. The result is very flavorful, moist, dense, little cakes. I swear I can taste vanilla in these!
I really liked these cakes and couldn’t stop eating them. My daughter liked them too. Good thing I froze half of them for future enjoyment!
Last week we made some interesting little cookies called Pierre Hermé’s Olive Sablés.
I’m actually not sure if I liked these or not. I liked the texture of the cookies, but they were sweeter than I expected and the olive flavor wasn’t very prominent. My husband didn’t even detect the olives (I didn’t tell him what they were until after he tasted the cookies).
I think it comes down to a problem of atmosphere. If I were nibbling these little cookies with a nice glass of wine at a cocktail party I’m sure they would have been wonderful! But trying these on a wine-free weeknight just didn’t quite cut it. I think I need to host a “French Fridays with Dorie”-themed cocktail party so I can serve and enjoy all the little nibbles we’ve made the proper way.