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

Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 15 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 6 egg whites
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 7 Tbsp. almond flour
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar

Directions

  • 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.

Recipe Information

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 15 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 6 egg whites
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 7 Tbsp. almond flour
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar

Directions

  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories180
Total Fat14g
Saturated Fat9g
Cholesterol35mg
Sodium30mg
Total Carbohydrate8g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars3g
Protein2g