A small, buttery almond cake that melts in your mouth, these financiers are just as delicious as those found in a French patisserie. With a lightand delicate crumb, they’re the perfect afternoon snack or morning coffee paring.
Financiers are one of the most famous French pastries. Made with nuts, browned butter, egg whites, and powdered sugar, a classic financier has a crisp exterior that surrounds an incredibly delicate and moist interior. With trips to Paris on pause, ease your wanderlust (and sweet tooth) with this financier recipe.
What are financiers?
A financier is a small French pastry traditionally made with ground almonds and brown butter. They are often baked in small, rectangular molds to be individually sized. For at-home ease, in this financier recipe I use a mini muffin pan to bake these in but you can use a financier pan (just adjust the baking time if needed) if you have one.
About the financier cake ingredients
Classic French financiers are made with a few simple ingredients that are significant to the financier dessert:
- Brown butter: Liquid gold, browning your butter before using it adds a nutty flavor that boosts whatever it touches. I only make these financiers with browned butter but you can just use melted butter if you’re in a rush or don’t want to dirty up a pan.
- 杏仁粉: The main flour source for these cakes, ground almonds (also known as almond flour) add texture and richness. You will need to add a bit of all-purpose flour in addition to the nut flour.
- Powdered sugar:这增加了国际泳联融化在嘴里的纹理nciers. If you only have granulated sugar you can use the same amount in grams (130g). If you don’t weigh it, use 2/3 cup (since volume measurements are different for powdered sugar and granulated sugar).
- Egg whites：这些增加了轻盈感，有助于点亮金融家的蛋糕。
While not traditional, I like to add in some vanilla extract to this financier recipe for some extra flavor. This is a basic almond financier recipe, but you can also add in 100 grams chopped chocolate or raspberries for something extra.
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F/180°C and greasing a mini muffin tin with butter (you can also line the tin with paper liners). I like to use a silicone pan for easy removal.
If using browned butter, heat the butter on medium heat in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir occasionally, watching for the butter to foam and then begin to brown. Once it has a nutty aroma and dark golden flecks (this is the browned milk solids), remove it from the heat and pour it into a bowl. Let cool while you prepare the rest of the financier recipe. Keep a close eye on the butter because it can easily go from perfectly browned to burnt in seconds!
In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond meal, flour, powdered sugar, baking powder and salt. Gently stir in the brown butter, egg whites, and vanilla extract or chocolate if using. Only mix until combined, being careful not to overmix the batter.
Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups, filling each cup almost to the top. Add your raspberries, if using (more information in the recipe below).
Bake the financiers for 10-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and they are a nice golden brown color. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from the pan and cooling completely on a wire rack. You can serve with a dusting of powdered sugar if you’d like, but I usually just keep them plain since they are beautiful on their own.
- 7tablespoons(100g) unsalted butter
- 1 1/8cups（130克）糖粉
- 2/3cup(60g) almond meal (almond flour)
- 6tablespoons(50g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2teaspoonbaking powder
- 4large (140g) egg whites
- 1teaspoonpure vanilla extract, optional
- Raspberries, optional
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease a mini muffin pan with butter or cooking spray (or line the tins with paper liners). I use a silicone pan for easy removal.
To brown the butter, place butter in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and melt. Keep heating just until small golden bits start to appear at the bottom, and the butter smells nutty and caramely. Watch it carefully because the butter can burn quickly at this point. Remove from the heat and immediately pour melted butter into a small bowl. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
In a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, almond meal, flour, baking powder and salt. Add melted brown butter, egg whites, and vanilla extract, if using, and mix just until combined and smooth. Don’t overmix.
把面糊之间的松饼锅杯,灌装each cup almost to the top. If you’re using raspberries, just before you bake the financiers, cut raspberries in half and place one half, cut side down, on top of each financier, and press down gently. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove from pan and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.