Almond Cakes – Financiers

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These little French delights are perfect for elevating your tea time or impressing guests with a touch of elegance. Enjoy the delicate flavors and tender crumb of these delightful almond-infused treats!

Financiers

Today, we're delving into the world of French pastry with a recipe for Almond Cakes (Financiers). These delicate tea cakes are boast a charmingly rustic appearance.
With a nutty aroma and tender texture, Almond Cakes (Financiers) are the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon tea or coffee. Let's embark on this delightful baking adventure!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 4

Equipment

  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 mini cake mold

Ingredients
  

  • cup powdered sugar (150 g)
  • ¾ cup almond flour (75 g)
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour (35 g)
  • 4 white eggs
  • 7 tbsp butter (100 g - 3.5 oz)
  • 5 drops almond extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 464°F .
  • Prepare the dry ingredients: in a bowl, whisk together almond flour, powdered sugar, all-purpose flour, and salt.
  • Incorporate egg whites: in a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Gently fold the egg whites into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Brown the butter: in a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Continue cooking until the butter turns golden brown and develops a nutty aroma.
    Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Pour in the slightly cooled browned butter and almond extract. Stir until the batter is smooth and well combined.
  • Fill the molds: grease financier molds or a mini-muffin tin with butter.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared molds, filling them about 2/3 full. If desired, sprinkle sliced almonds or raspberry on top for added texture.
  • Bake: bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes ((oven preheated to 464 F) ) then reduce the oven to 356 F and cook again for 10 minutes. or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool and serve: allow the almond cakes to cool in the molds for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Properly Brown the Butter: Browning the butter adds a rich, nutty flavor to the financiers. Be careful not to burn it—cook over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until it turns golden brown and develops a nutty aroma. Let it cool slightly before using in the batter.
Use Financier Molds: Traditional financiers are baked in small, rectangular molds, which give them their distinctive shape. If you don't have financier molds, you can use mini muffin tins or small silicone molds instead.
Experiment with Flavors: While classic financiers are made with almond flavor, feel free to experiment with different variations. You can add citrus zest, vanilla extract, or even other nuts such as pistachios or hazelnuts to customize the flavor of your financiers. You can also add some raspberries.
Keyword Almond Cakes, Almond financier, French Flavour

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