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Monday, October 27, 2014

French Financier Almond Pastries

Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade


These light, airy French Financier pastries are a delight.  Financiers are traditional French bite-sized cookies that have a texture reminiscent of sponge cake but with a hint of almond.  The name is said to come from the fact that they look like adorably delicious little bars of French pastry gold when they come out of the oven.

Financiers are the perfect afternoon tea snack, or really...the perfect anytime snack because they're so good!  I like to eat them on weekend mornings, dunked into a warm Cafe Latte.




The recipe uses poudre d'amandes which is known in the English-speaking world as almond meal or almond flour.  Basically, its a powder of finely ground almonds. What also work beautifully are the grounds left from homemade Almond Milk (learn how to make it with this recipe).  


Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade


I use a special Financier pan for the authentic shape that makes me feel like I'm back in a Parisian patisserie. But rest assured, they can also be made in a round shape using shallowly-filled muffin tins.

For the French baking school purists out there, I've also written the recipe out in grams.


INGREDIENTS:


5 Tablespoons butter (70g)

1/2 cup almond meal (50g)
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons flour (50g)
2/3 cup sugar (70g)
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla






DIRECTIONS:


Preheat the oven to 375F.


1)  Heat the butter in a pan over low heat until it has melted, then move the pan to water and let it cool.  Add the vanilla to the butter.

 
2) Beat 4 egg whites, with a pinch of salt, into soft peaks.  I do this in a stand mixer.

3)  In a large bowl, mix together the almond meal, flour and sugar.

Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & LemonadeAmazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade

4) Gently fold the egg whites into the dry ingredients.  Once they're incorporated, fold in the butter.

Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade


Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & LemonadeAmazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade

5) Pour the batter into a prepared Financier Pan and bake for 15 minutes, until they're deliciously lightly golden.



Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade

Enjoy!



If you love these, check out my recipe for French Madeleine cookies as well!


            

33 comments:

  1. Those sound awesome. I bet they would be awesome dipped in hot chocolate.

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  2. Omg how yummy!!!! Thanks for Sharing ❤

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  3. Those are so pretty yet simple. I bet they are delicious, too

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  4. I love these! So simple yet so sophisticated!

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  5. These sound delicious! And they look so delicate, but they seem really easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wow, they sound and look fancy. I need to try to make these

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  7. I love anything almond...I'm drooling over these right now.

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  8. these look so yummy, the top picture is perfection. i added this to my "to bake" list and posting on a facebook meal group. very easy instructions. thank you for sharing

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  9. They're so unique and fancy. I really hope to try these over the holidays!

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  10. These sound really good. I can't wait to make them for my next get together.

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  11. This sounds good. They have a really nice French pastry shop hidden in Epcot. I wonder if they have these--I'd like to try them.

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  12. These look absolutely delicious, I would love to try them!

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  13. YUMMMMY! I'm so trying these, I'm starting to collect recipes so I can keep making new things at home.

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  14. My work colleague is french and she bakes them (similar) everytime i ask, those look really yummy

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  15. Looks really delicious, and not too difficult to make isn't it. Thanks for the recipe

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  16. Those look so good! You can actually build a bakery and sell them. :)

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  17. Just right on time! I'm making this exact recipe now.

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  18. these look and sound amazing! yum :0

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  19. Wow they just look yummy and awesome! I think i'd want to make this.

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  20. Thanks for the recipe. They sound like a wonderful, light treat.

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  21. I've never heard of these before, but you totally had me with "almond". I just have to get one of those pans to make them. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Yum yum yum, those look so good. Thanks for the recipe.

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  23. This look so light and delicate, and the recipe sounds delicious! My husband is headed to Paris soon and I'm so jealous, haha. Maybe he will bring me back one!

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  24. These look delicious and so sophisticated. Wish I could have some right now lol

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  25. Wow, that looks so scrumptious! I'm quite sure I'd love this.

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  26. These look delicious and fairly simple to make. I will have to try this recipe out over the weekend.

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  27. These sound and look so good. I would love to try making these delicious pastries. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Making these this weekend, looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I've never heard of these before but they sound amazing. I love almond flavors and a delicious dessert.

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  30. Yum those look delicious! Perfect for little ones!

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  31. These tiny finger sized treats look tasty. I think I will give this recipe a try. Thank you for sharing!

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  32. Love the look of them so nice and yummy.

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