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Sweet Bread: The Gingerbread Financier from Fonte Coffee, Seattle

Gingerbread Financier from Fonte, downtown Seattle
I want to tell you about the Gingerbread Financier from Fonte Coffee in downtown Seattle, but first, let's get a few things out of the way.

First, what is a financier? It's a French term which as two meanings. The first is--as you might expect--a term for someone who works in finance. The second definition is far sweeter, and I like what Joy of Baking has to say about it:

Financiers are Frenchtea cakes (pronounced fee-nahng-syehr), also known as Friands (meaning "dainty" or "tasty"). They are made from a sponge-like batter of brown butter (beurre noisette), egg whites, flour, toasted ground almonds, and powdered sugar. Financiers are similar to Madeleines in that they both use a sponge-like mixture that is baked in special molds. When baked Financiers are soft and springy with a slightly domed top and a lovely golden brown crust.

The adorable versions at Fonte Wine and Coffee Bar look like mini loaf cakes or quick breads, and have a crumb which is slightly more delicate than a cookie but not quite a cake. And at the downtown location, where they not only have great coffee (and, I hear, a great happy hour) but also make all of their sweets in-house, they have a sweet seasonal variation: the Gingerbread Financier. They burst with a rich, buttery flavor, blossoming into a spicy, aromatic taste, and finish with yet more lingering butteriness.

Though these treats may not be available every day, there's bound to be something equally delicious: on recent visits, some specials included chocolate bread pudding, bacon brownies, and some tres jolie-looking cookies.
Fonté Wine and Coffee Bar on Urbanspoon
1321 1st Ave, Ste A30, Seattle, WA; (206) 777-6193; online at fontecoffee.com.

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Reader Comments (6)



November 23 | Unregistered CommenterCuteStuffInside

Ooooo looks fabulous!! I made some sour cherry financiers over the summer, they were yummy!

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Wow! That looks over-the-top delish! And thanks for teaching me something new.
Love, Rae

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterRae

Delicious! This is now on my To Do list for tomorrow. Thanks!

Mmmmmm! I've been looking for another Thanksgiving dessert to have other than pumpkin pie and I think this fits the bill perfectly. Thanks for sharing!!

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

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June 21 | Unregistered CommenterPalmer31Reyna

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