Recipe: Matcha Financiers from Tokyo Local

French pastries with a Japanese twist

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Matcha Financiers,Tokyo Local

Matcha Financiers,Tokyo Local [©Smith Street Books ]

<i>Tokyo Local</i> by Caryn and Brendan Liew


Japan is a world apart and its unique culture pervades everything, from architecture to garden design, electronics and of course, food. On the streets of its capital city you can immerse yourself in the taste of the country – its traditional and modern cuisines.

Brendan and Caryn Liew know these streets and the country well and now share their recipes in Tokyo Local . The city is "an intoxicating blend of past and present, its balance of tradition and modernity” and in the authors’ opinion, why “it is Tokyo where the food is most exciting.”

This recipe shows how the city also adds its own twist to dishes from other countries and as Robyn says in her review, don't be intimidated by Japanese food, start here!

Caryn and Brendan write:

Matcha Financiers

Another French pastry much loved by the Japanese, financiers can be found in bakeries all over Tokyo in flavours of butter and matcha (green tea). These financiers are quick to bake, but the mixture needs to be rested in the refrigerator for at least two hours. 

Ingredients (makes 6)

  • 35 g (1¼ oz) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 10 g (¼ oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 13 g (½ oz) almond meal
  • 3 g (1/10 oz) matcha (green tea powder)
  • 40 g (1½ oz) egg white (approximately 1 egg)
  • 30 g (1 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 10 g (¼ oz) honey 


  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water.In a small saucepan, preferably onewith a light-coloured bottom, melt the butter over low heat. As the butter begins to foam, swirl thepan so it cooks evenly. Continue to cook the melted butter until it turns from golden brown to nutbrown, then remove from the heat.
  2. Place the base of the pan in the bowl of cold water to immediately stop the butter browning further.Strain the browned butter into a bowl to remove any dark sediment, then set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Sift the flour, almond meal and matcha powder together three times.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white and sugar together.Add the dry mixture and whisk to combine, then stir in the browned butter and honey.
  5. Cover the financier batter with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C(350°F) and grease a financier tin with a little bit of butter. Pour the refrigerated batter into the holes of the tin and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of a financier comes out clean.
  7. Allow the financiers to cool before removing them from the tin.


This recipe is from Tokyo Local by Caryn Liew and Brendan Liew and reproduced here with the kind permission of the publisher.

Tokyo Local – Cult Recipes from the Streets that Make the City by Caryn Liew and Brendan Liew is published by Smith Street Books and distributed by Simon & Shuster (Melbourne, May 2018; hc; 224 pp) and retails in Australia for RRP A$39.99.

Read Robyn's full review of Tokyo Local »

View the press release »

See links below for further recipes.


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