Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Financier Fancy

If you aren't familiar with financiers I consider it my honor and duty to introduce you to these special sweets. I wasn't familiar with them until a year-or-so ago, and now they are one of my absolute favorite treats. I make Dorie Greenspan's recipe from her book, Around My French Table. Here's Dorie's recipe on NPR.

Financiers are a butter lover's dream come true. They are a bit crispy on the outside. The almond flour and egg whites give the inside a springy, playful texture. I bake mine in a silicone mold I found on Amazon. You can make them in the bar shape like I have, or you can make them in a muffin shape. 

Around the holidays I flavored them with orange zest and topped them with dried figs. 

In the summer I pressed fresh berries and peach slices in to the tops. 

Here are some I made with grapes. I cut the grapes in half. Leave the cut sides up/exposed for the best result. 

Financiers are totally customizable. Please, please, please give these little ingots a try! You'll be so glad you did. 

***For more history and technical info, here's the Wikipedia page about financiers

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