French Almond Cakes

French Almond Cakes - Financiers

These little French Almond Cakes are also known as Financiers because the French businessmen in the financial district of Paris helped make them popular.  They’re easy, but taste rich and moist.

French Almond Cakes “Financiers”
 

Ingredients
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 6 large egg whites
  • ½ C. flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 C. finely chopped or ground almonds (I used whole almonds and ran them through my coffee grinder)
  • 1½ C. powdered sugar
  • 1½ sticks butter

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Butter 18 muffin tins (traditionally, you’d use a Financier Mold but if you don’t have one the muffin tins you have at home already work well too).
  3. In a medium bowl, combine egg whites and almond extract. Meanwhile, combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add egg whites to the dry ingredients and give a quick stir until a light batter is formed. Pour into muffin tins.
  4. Bake 6 minutes at 450 degrees then lower heat to 400. Bake an additional 5-6 minutes until golden brown. Baking it first in a super-hot oven will crisp up the outside, while reducing the baking temperature to finish keeps the inside nice and moist. Allow the cakes to cool slightly then remove from the tins.
  5. When I first made French Almond Financier Cakes I used muffin tins. However, I found these cute petit fours molds at TJ Maxx for just $6.99 and thought they were cute.

Thanks, Kim Cooks the World!

 

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