These Fig Cream Cheese Financiers are French classic mini almond cakes that are studded with chewy sweet dried figs and chunks of cream cheese on top. These small cakes are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or as an afternoon tea snack.
I think it was love at first bite when I had my first Financier months ago. Crisp on the outside, moist and tender inside, and super nutty from the brown butter and almond flour. So, so good! More importantly, I love these small desserts because they are so easy and straightforward to make. They are also so versatile, allowing you to easily change the flavor by using many different nuts or toppings.
These Fig Cream Cheese Financiers are one easy way to elevate your plain financiers. I saw this fig and cream cheese combo trending in Korean bakeries recently. They are definitely not my usual go-to flavor since figs are kinda a rare item in my neighborhood. But they surprisingly are such a treat in these little tea cakes.
The dried figs are sweet and chewy while the cream cheese is soft and creamy with a slight tang which brings a nice contrast flavor and texture to the nutty cake. Each bite will taste different depending on which part you eat. Give them a try and let me know if you like them as much as I do.
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.
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 Mini Dessert Recipes
- Lemon Cube Pound Cakes
- Mini Walnut Banana Bread Loaves
- Hazelnut Financiers
- Blueberry Crumble Muffins
- Lemon Madeleines