If you ever need a snack that’s simple and handy yet full of flavor, the financier is for you. Despite its lofty name, it’s a simple almond cake that’s easy to make and even easier to eat, as Bread etc demonstrates here.
The pastry was created in the late 19th century and got its name from its popularity among bankers and financial workers, who could eat it on the go without getting their hands dirty. It was also traditionally baked in small rectangular molds, which are shaped like a gold bar.
The ingredients, however, are more modest. Flavored by powdered almond and sugar, fluffed by egg white, and enriched by brown butter, the cake is baked at 170 degrees Celsius for 9 minutes, and makes the perfect companion to coffee, tea, or cream. Bake some at home today, or head to any one of Bread etc’s outlets to try some.
* Makes about 55 small cakes
340g powdered sugar
120g powdered almond
3g baking powder
335g egg white
3g vanilla extract
1. Mix almond powder and powdered sugar, then add in flour and baking powder.
2. Mix egg white and vanilla extract, then add to the mixture from step one. Brown butter, cool it down to room temperature, then slowly mix it in.
3. Let mixture sit in the fridge overnight. Pour it into small molds and bake at 170 degrees Celsius for 9 minutes.