A few weeks ago, I was watching “America’s Test Kitchen at Home.” One of their co-hosts, Bridget Lancaster was preparing Financiers. Financiers are small almond cakes that uses six ingredients to make the most wonderful two-bite petite cakes. They are perfect for entertaining as they can be prepared ahead of time (mine are being stored in an area of my unfinished attic where its cold and humidity free). You can dress these gems up with slivered almonds, pieces of chocolate or fresh fruit. For my dinner party, I topped mine with chocolate and almonds.
For the recipe you’ll need unsalted butter, finely ground almond flour (available at Costco or your local food store), granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, table salt and egg whites. If you would like a video tutorial from Ms. Lancaster, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuB9tRLQtEg and fast forward to 14:44. A mini cupcake pan is also needed along with baking spray with flour. The spray aides in removing the cakes after baking. I tried using a spray without flour and the cookies were difficult to remove from the pan
These almond cakes were fabulous! I love almond croissants and these have a similar flavor profile. The exterior of the cake gets a lovely crisp texture from the sugar in the recipe, yet they are not sweet by any means. So, if you are looking for a simple, elegant dessert, may I suggest Financiers.
America’s Test Kitchen at Home (Episode 2126)
By Stacey Mostellar, September 15, 2021
MAKES 24 CAKES
"WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: For financiers with complex almond flavor and contrasting textures, we started by spraying a mini-muffin tin with baking spray with flour. The flour in the spray helped the sides of the cakes rise along with the center, preventing doming. We then stirred together almond flour, sugar, all-purpose flour, and egg whites. We opted for granulated sugar, which doesn’t totally dissolve in the egg whites, to ensure a pleasantly coarse texture. Once these ingredients were whisked together, it was just a matter of stirring in nutty browned butter and baking the cakes."
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
¾ cup (3 ounces) finely ground almond flour
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon (4 ounces) sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
⅛ teaspoon table salt
⅓ cup (3 ounces) egg whites (3 to 4 large eggs)
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.