Financiers

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Financiers, Pastry Maestra

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wo bites small, in most cases rectangular, in some cases oval cakes, perfect for snacking with a cup of tea, financiers are widely popular in France. The basic recipe calls for only 5 ingredients:

  • Almond flour or almond meal which consists of very finely ground blanched almonds.
  • Some regular all-purpose flour.
  • Powdered sugar, sifted.
  • Egg whites, and can you imagine this, you don’t need to whip them!
  • Butter, melted or you can make beurre noisette, that will make financiers tastier and more fragrant.

To this you can add a berry in each financier, you can exchange part of flour for cocoa powder, or add some grated citrus zest and some chopped pistachios on the top. The easiest recipe ever! And soft, moist and tasty, too! If you don’t have one of these molds, you can also bake them in mini cupcake molds.

Financiers, Pastry Maestra

Originally made by the Visitandine order of nuns in the middle ages, the financier was popularized in the nineteenth century.The name financier is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. According to another tradition, the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding the Paris stock exchange, as the cake could easily be stored in the pocket for long periods without being damaged, swalowed in one bite and did not stain the fingers – apparently, for brokers it was a big deal!

Financiers, Pastry Maestra

Financiers Recipe

by:Tereza Alabanda,The Pastry Maestra

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Prep. time : 5 minutes

Cook time : 15 minutes

Ready in 20 minutes

Level : Basic

Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour 50g (1.8oz)
  • Almond flour 50g (1.8oz)
  • Powdered sugar 100g (3.5oz)
  • Butter 75g (2.6oz)
  • Egg whites 120g (4.2oz)
  • Vanilla powder to taste
  • Salt – just a pinch
  • Frozen or fresh raspberries as needed

Directions

  1. Mix sifted flour, almond flour, and sifted powdered sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add egg whites, melted butter, vanilla powder and salt to the mixture, and stir with a whisk.
  3. Pipe the batter into small, oval or rectangular molds, and into each financier put one raspberry.
  4. Bake them at 200ºC (400°F) for about 15 minutes until they become golden around the edges.
  5. Before serving, dust them with powdered sugar.

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