|Beautiful, and blissfully delicious!|
Dorie tells us that Financiers were first made in the late 19th century, by a pastry chef whose shop was close to the Paris Stock Exchange. He baked them in rectangular molds that resembled gold bars or ingots. He was inspired by the hurried stock brokers, who would come into his shop to buy a pastry each day. He wanted to make something they could eat without a knife or fork. Hence the name, Financiers!
While you could use a Financier mold to bake these cakes, I chose to use my little tart molds. Dorie suggests you could also use a mini muffin tin.
This batter was easy to assemble. First making the beurre noisette (browned butter). This is basically clarified butter, which has been cooked until the solids start to brown. It adds a deep nutty flavor to the batter.
Put the sugar and almond flour in a medium saucepan, and stir to mix. Add the egg whites, stirring over low heat till the mixture is slightly white, runny and hot to the touch. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flour. Then gradually blend in the melted butter. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
When you’re ready to bake these, preheat your oven to 400°. Prepare your pans or molds, and add the batter. These are wonderfully delicious plain, but are so very lovely when topped with raspberries, blackberries, thin slices of peaches or strawberries. I made several topped with pine nuts, and they were so good. I put my berries on before I put them in the oven. However, I’ve read that adding the fruit halfway through the baking cycle, will prevent sinking.
Bill and I each ate one, right out of the oven. They were delectable!! I froze the rest. I plan on bringing them to my granddaughter’s birthday party this weekend. I’m sure they will be a big hit! I will definitely be baking these again…quite often!
Happy Friday everyone!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” or on Dorie’s blog where it is posted. If you’d like to see what the other Dorista’s have done, check it out here.
|My cute little tart pans that finally got to come out of the closet!|
|Why haven’t I used them before?|
|I placed a raspberry on each one….they were so cute|
|I also made a few with pine nuts…oh the possibilities!|
|I can’t wait to make the chocolate version|
|Happy Friday, everyone!|