As the holidays are upon us, it is time for cakes, cookies etc… and Financiers!
Financiers are the perfect miniature cakes you can make to impress your guests at a gathering. They are small, delicate and tasty. They provide the perfect ending to a scrumptious dinner. Made with almond flour these small French cakes are light in texture because they contain very little flour, egg whites, confectioners’ sugar, and butter.
“The financier is light and moist, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavoring. The distinctive feature of the recipe is beurre noisette (brown butter). Other ingredients include egg whites, flour, and powdered sugar. Financiers are baked in shaped molds, usually small rectangular loaves similar in size to petits fours.
The name financier is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. Another theory says that the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding the Paris stock exchange. Financier pans are traditionally rectangular, but other shapes are not uncommon.” Wikipedia.org, 2013
Other flavoring can be added to these small cakes. And one of my favorites is limoncello. I may at times also add some lemon zest but not always. I personally enjoy eating these small cakes in the afternoon with tea like the English or as a late snack. They are definitely the guilty late snack since I enjoy them very often.
The recipe is from Herbert Keller, a French Chef known for his culinary talent. He truly mastered the simplicity of this recipe
Enjoy Financiers as a dessert or your guilty late night snack.
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tablespoon Almond Extract or Limoncello Liquor
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar sifted
- 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp all-purpose flour sifted
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more form brushing
- Preheat oven to 425 degree F.
- Butter a 6-well silicone fluted tart mold or a 20-well silicone mold and place on a baking sheet.
- Over medium heat, melt butter in a small saucepan until it starts to brown and gives off a nutty aroma, about 3 minutes - do not let butter burn. Transfer to a small glass heatproof bowl to cool.
- In a bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, all-purpose flour and almond flour until combined. Add the egg whites and whisk until incorporated. Add the melted butter and whisk until smooth. Add limoncello liquor or almond extract. Divide the batter among the prepared wells and bake until the edges of the financiers are golden brown and the centers spring back when lightly touched, 15 to 20 minutes.
- If using a 20 silicone mold, baking time is about 10 - 12 minutes. Let silicone mold cool on a wire rack. Remove cakes with toothpick if necessary. Let cook completely before serving.