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).
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.
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
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.
4) Gently fold the egg whites into the dry ingredients. Once they're incorporated, fold in the butter.
5) Pour the batter into a prepared Financier Pan and bake for 15 minutes, until they're deliciously lightly golden.
If you love these, check out my recipe for French Madeleine cookies as well!