These Churros Financiers have a tender and moist cinnamon almond cake all covered with a crisp cinnamon sugar coating. An easy way to step up your classic financier game!
We all love churros, right? I thought so. How about instead of fried churros, we get all that lovely flavor and make them into Churros Financiers?
Churros Financiers are a mashup of two favorite desserts, that taste even better together. These little guys start with my basic Financiers recipe, but I spice them a little with some cinnamon powder. Then, I brush them with sugar syrup and generously toss them in cinnamon sugar.
They have a crisp exterior and soft, tender, and buttery center when biting into them. Plus, you get plenty of cinnamon in every bite since it is in the cake and the coating. They are full of flavors and definitely addicting!
Although churros are a very popular dish, I am sure there are people out there who have never had the pleasure of enjoying these delicious confections.
Churros are a deep-fried pastry made with unsweetened dough and coated in cinnamon sugar. They can be made long and thin or short and thick, always with distinctive grooves from end to end, resembling a cruller donut.
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.
Components in Churros Financiers
- Financier cake. Made with a classic Financier recipe and spiced with a little bit of cinnamon powder.
- Syrup. Brush the syrup on financiers to make the cinnamon sugar coating stick to them.
- Cinnamon sugar. Cinnamon sugar coating is a must for churros!
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. It is used in the financier, syrup, and coating.
- 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.
- Cinnamon powder. To add the classic churros flavor we love!
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.
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