What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Financier’?? Someone with more money than he can spend!! I couldn’t, in my wildest of dreams, imagine that it could also mean something edible, except of course for a cannibal. :-).
Now that I have dug deep, let me shed some light on it. Financiers (Fee-nahng- syehrs) are French tea cakes made with egg whites, almond powder and flour. The distinctive feature of the recipe is beurre noisette (brown butter). The name financier is said to have been derived from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. Another theory has it that the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding the Paris stock exchange.(Courtesy: Wikipedia).
The recipe I am sharing with you is that of Honey Financiers, a recipe I got from Dessert First. It’s a very easy to follow recipe that can be whipped up in no time. Financiers are commonly found in rectangular shapes, but can be made in any form you wish.
Source : Dessert First
- 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (I used Amul butter)
- 1/2 cup Sugar (powder the sugar)
- 1/2 cup Almonds (Skinned) (finely ground)
- 1/3 cup Flour
- 1/8 teaspoon Salt (I omitted this as I used salted butter)
- 3 Egg whites
- 1/3 cup Honey
- Preheat oven to 180C. Cut butter into pieces and heat them in a pan till it turns brown in colour. Make sure it doesn't burn.
- Strain into a clean bowl and keep aside. Whisk flour, powdered sugar, almond powder and salt (if using) together.
- Add egg whites and mix well. Gradually add the butter followed by honey to form a thick and smooth batter.
- Pour into muffin moulds/pans. Bake for 12-16 minutes or till they are golden brown and are firm to the touch.
- Let it cool completely before un-molding.
- Enjoy with your hot cuppa :-).