Origin: A financier is a small French cake. The financier is light and moist, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds. The distinctive feature of the recipe is beurre noisette (brown butter). The name financier is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mould, which resembles a bar of gold.

Ingredients: Financiers

150 gr Icing sugar

50 gr Flour

80 gr Almond flour

3 Egg whites

140 gr Beurre Noisette (see Trick or Threat)

Recipe: Mix all the ingredients and, at the end, add the brown butter. Pour the batter in the special moulds and bake 20 minutes (180 degrees).

Trick or Threat: Unsalted butter is melted over low heat and allowed to separate into butterfat and milk solids. The milk solids naturally sink to the bottom of the pan and, if left over gentle heat, will begin to brown. As the milk solids reach a toasty hazelnut color, the pan is removed from the heat. Beurre noisette may be used in its liquid state, or cooled to a solid form.

Dedicated to: F. who used to work in the high finance world, like his colleague “apple cake”. F. was skinny, puny, whity, he looked always on the verge of a nervous breakdown… especially after 18 hours non-stop at the office…

He would leave his apartment in the morning with that proud look that meant: I wear a tailor-made shirt, my shirt is impeccably ironed, my shirt is embroidered with my name initials, my shirt matches my perfect blue tie, my shirt matches even my Ferragamo socks. But after 18 hours at the office, poor my little Financier, his shirt was all creased and it looked too big for him.

Don’t worry, guys, my little Financier would take off his shirt, his tie, and his socks and he would become the most energetic lover. Ahhhhh a real golden stick… Oops, a golden bar ( – ; Nostalgiaaaaaaa please go away!

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