Wonderful Paris cakes got their name from… nobody knows exactly from… According to one version, they look like gold bullions; others say, these little cakes are very rich, as financiers are; and someone will say, that elongated loaves were created and baked especially for the Paris financiers. It is your choice – which story you find more intriguing.
My financiers remind me of another French creation – the madeleins. Likewise, they are very delicate and airy.
Traditionally, the financiers are baked in rectangular or boat shaped forms. I don’t have either one, so I made them in mini-muffin pans. They turned out very cute.
Even though the baby-cakes look very simple, the financiers taste is quite sophisticated. And they are, as they should be, very rich. True Parisian delights!
Grease mini-muffin pans or special financier forms.
On a cooktop or in a microwave melt the butter.
In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, all purpose flour, powdered sugar, and salt.
Add the egg whites and whisk the mixture for 3-5 minutes.
Add the melted and cooled butter. Whisk, so the batter will be creamy.
Heat an oven to 425 F (220 C).
Using a cookie spoon or a table spoon, pour the batter into the forms. Put a berry in the center.
Bake for 10 minutes. The financiers should be golden brown on the edges.
Remove the cakes from the oven and transfer them on a cooling rack. (You might need to use a toothpick or a knife tip to remove the cakes from the forms).
Cook with pleasure and enjoy the world!