Delicate and moist bite-sized Almond Financiers with crunchy toasted sliced almonds on top. They are super nutty due to the nut flour, brown butter used in the cake batter, and almond toppings.
French financiers are the best teacakes. They are delicate, light, soft, and moist with a slightly crisp exterior outside. Made with a few simple ingredients only, you can twist them easily in different flavors like churros, sausage, fig cream cheese, and hazelnut. I just can’t get enough of them.
Despite all the fancy flavors I have tried before, my favorite flavor always goes to the classic Almond Financiers. These bite-sized cakes are especially nutty with sliced almonds on top. I also love the texture contrast between the soft buttery cake and crunchy almond toppings.
Despite how fancy they sound, financier batter comes together quickly and easily. Serve these financiers with your morning coffee, afternoon tea, as a dessert or snack, they will disappear quickly.
What is Financier?
Financier is a French cake made with beurre noisette or brown butter, egg whites, sugar, white flour, and nut flour. It comes in different shapes and even flavors. Almond is the most popular, but hazelnut and pistachio are also commonly found.
There are a few theories as to how financiers got their name. One of which is that the traditional rectangular molds make the cakes resemble gold bars. Another theory is that it’s named for finance industry workers who needed a dessert that wouldn’t mess up their suits when picking up an afternoon snack. The cake become popular as the cake could easily be stored in the pocket for long periods without being damaged. Either way, the financier cake name stuck and so too did these delicious cakes.
Ingredients You Need
- Brown butter. Beurre noisette or brown butter is regular butter that has been melted and cooked just long enough to toast the milk solids until golden in color, the oil slightly darkens in color, and the butter has a nutty aroma. Browning butter transforms the butter’s flavor into something nutty, rich, and complex.
- Egg whites. Make sure you use room-temperature eggs because they blend more evenly in batters.
- Castor sugar. You can also replace it with confectioners’ sugar with the same weight measurement.
- Honey. Honey is optional. It helps keep the Financier moist and makes them taste more flavorful.
- Cake flour. Cake flour is ideal for baked goods with a tender texture due to its low gluten content. You can also use all-purpose flour to substitute cake flour.
- Baking powder. Just a little bit to give it a tiny lift. You can also skip the baking powder.
- Almond flour. It adds texture and richness.
- Sliced almonds. For topping.
Financier Mold Substitute
Financier is baked in a traditional rectangular mold that resembled a bar of gold. If you plan to buy Financier mold, look for a non-stick pan for easy release. In addition, choose metal material instead of silicone to get crisp and golden brown edges. If you don’t have or plan to buy one, you can substitute it with a muffin pan.
- Temperature matters. Make sure you use room-temperature eggs and completely cooled brown butter.
- Rest the dough. This step is optional. The purpose of this is to harmonize the flavors and firm up the batter for easy piping.
- Don’t overfill the molds. You should fill them about 80-90% full for the best result.
How to Serve Financiers
Financiers are at their very best when freshly baked, or ideally eaten within 48 hours. In fact, their texture deteriorates in a few hours. You can make the batter ahead of time and keep it chilled up for a few days, then bake off fresh batches as needed. They are best enjoyed with a cup of tea or as a delicious everyday sweet treat.
More French Dessert Recipes
- Baileys Chocolate Mousse
- Lemon Madeleines
- Sable Breton Cookies (French Butter Cookies)
- Double Chocolate Sable Cookies
- Mini Chocolate Cherry Galettes
- Chocolate Madeleines