I haven’t posted a recipe in a while because the kitchen has been a little rough on me lately. I wasn’t feel very inspired which led me to make many unsuccessful desserts. Slowly, I’ve been getting out of this rut and I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ve been watching the French open every single day now and the scenery of Paris inspired me to make a French pastry. Financiers is what immediately popped in my head. I remember making Financiers back in my pastry school days but never again since that time.
They sound fancy and complicated to make but really it’s a very simple recipe. These tiny almond cakes are so damn delicious! I quickly regretted why it took me so long to make these babies again. It only requires five ingredients! And you can use any type of fruit you like. The flavor of the dough is so versatile and rich, it pairs well with anything!
Traditionally, Financiers are made in mini rectangular mold to resemble a bar of gold. But as you can use whatever mold you have at home. This recipe makes about 34 mini financiers but if you don’t want to make them all at once, the batter will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks! Just bring it back to room temperature before baking. Another option, you can bake this in a 10-inch round cake pan if you prefer.
Warning: they are super addictive!! Consume with caution.
Things You Should Know-Brown Butter Peach Financiers
- Watch the butter carefully while it’s browning in the pan. It can quickly burn, yielding a very bitter taste. Don’t use if it burns. You are looking for a dark amber color.
- Bake financiers for 5 minutes, remove from oven then add the fruit. The batter is pretty thin/runny and this will prevent the fruit from sinking to the bottom.
- The batter can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Bring to room temp before baking.
Recipe taken from (with a few of additions of my own) The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated desserts, by Sherry Yard.