MINI ALMOND CAKES (by France)
A staple of fine pastry shops for more than 100 years in France, a financier is a simple almond cake, leavened by egg whites, moistened with browned butter and baked into a small mold. But such simplicity is deceiving: the classic French pastry called the financier is exquisitely refined. It is springy, sweet and nutty with an exterior that's as crisp as an eggshell. Enjoy!
Yields 12 l Difficulty: easy l Prep time: 15min l Total time: 25min
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup ground almonds (can use almond meal/flour)
3/4 cup confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with the oven rack in the center of the oven. For this, you’ll need a mini muffin silicone mold (I used this one).
2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, ground almonds, confectioners sugar, and salt.
3. Make a well in the center and fold in the lightly beaten egg whites, vanilla, and the brown butter.
4. Fill each mold almost to the rim and bake for about 10 minutes or until the Financiers have become golden brown around the edges and are springy to the touch.
5. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. These are best eaten warm from the oven, but they can be covered and stored for a few days at room temperature or in the refrigerator.