Alex Lovnov’s Pistachio Financier Cookies


4 egg whites
100 g of sugar (½ cup)
20 g of honey (1 Tbsp)
50 g ground almonds (ground blanched almonds) (½ cup)
50 g sifted flour (⅓ cup)
160 g of butter (¾ cup)
30 g of pistachio paste
Optional: Amarena cherries or frozen raspberries


Start by browning the butter – in a small pot, melt the butter over high heat and continue to cook while stirring until its color changes and becomes a light brown shade. Remove from the heat.

In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites, sugar and honey by hand until the sugar melts. Add almond powder, flour and pistachio puree and mix. Filter in the brown butter and mix well.

Cool for 10 minutes in the freezer (so that it is easy to work with) and transfer to a piping bag. Pour into a greased silicone mold. Optional: add a few small pieces of amarena cherries or frozen raspberries in each cavity.

Bake for 12 minutes at 170 C (340 F) (baking time may vary from oven to oven). At the end of baking, remove from the mold onto wax paper.

After the cookies cool a little, dust with powdered sugar. The prepared cookies keep in the refrigerator for about a week, it is recommended to eat them at room temperature and think of Alex.

Recipe courtesy of Livnat Gotliv

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Alex Lovnov (32)

Alex made it all the way from Russia to Ashkelon when he was eight years old and fell in love with the city, its beaches and surfing. Alex likes to go for walks in nature at every opportunity, he has a jeep and is a big part of the jeeping community in Israel. He leads many tourists, showing them the beautiful Land of Israel.

Alex likes Israeli music in general and old music in particular, going to concerts and enjoying life. He is always the first to help. Above all, he is a husband to Michal and a father to two-year-old Tom and another son born while in captivity.

Alex worked as a bar manager at the party in Re’im, and after 18 days in which he was missing, he was declared abducted. Alex has a medical problem with his leg, and he needs medication.

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