Financiers (Almond Cakes)

Also called visitandines, these small almond cakes were invented by nuns in the Middle Ages. They are called financiers because they had a huge success in the nineteenth century among financiers, who loved the fact that they could always have some in their pocket at the stock exchange.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 15 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 7 Tbsp. almond flour
  • 1⁄3 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Slice the top outer layer of the vanilla pod in half lengthwise. In a small saucepan, heat 14 tablespoons butter and the sliced vanilla pod over low heat, and remove from heat when the butter has melted. Reserve.
  • Put the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. Start whisking them slowly for 1 minute, then add the flour, almond flour, and sugar, and whisk steadily.
  • Take the vanilla pod out of the saucepan, open it, put it on a flat surface, and scrape the inside of the pod with a paring knife. Add to the batter, with the butter, and whisk until completely combined.
  • Butter a financier or muffin pan with 1 tablespoon butter, and pour batter in each hole. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Using a knife, take cakes out of the pan immediately, and let them cool down.