Allow me to tell you about a new love in my life. They are called financiers.
“A financier is a small French cake… The financier is a light, moist teacake, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour… The basis of the cake itself is beurre noisette (brown butter), egg whites… Financiers are often baked in shaped molds. The name “financier” is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. Another theory says that the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding La Bourse du Commerce (the former name of the Paris stock exchange).”
I first found them in this gorgeous blog. After I tried a second recipe for financiers, I got hooked. Forever, I’m afraid. Why?
In short, I think it’s the combination of easiness + greatness + airiness.
There’s the technical side: No need to use a mixer, just mix by hand. It takes 10-15 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes later you have cake that makes the house smell great all the way into the garage.
There’s the portion size: It’s just perfect. Not too small, not too big which means no guilt feelings about eating cake on an ordinary weekday. Trust me.
There’s the taste, of course, and texture factors: almonds or any other nuts are the main ingredient.
To those who prefer recipes for mix-by-hand cakes, this is the perfect recipe for you!
Grab the recipe for these chocolate and hazelnuts financiers here. The only thing I changed in the recipe was to use whole wheat flour (you can use all-purpose flour too) because I don’t have amaranth flour. Yet.
Beware though, you might fall in Love.