Certain smells, movies, songs – or even certain words – automatically remind us of certain people. In today’s case, it’s food that brings me two lovely friends of mine to mind – it’s impossible for me to bake financiers without thinking of @liliantrigo and Paula. :D
adapted from Rose's Heavenly Cakes
2/3 cup (66g) almond meal
1/3 cup + ½ tablespoon (51g) all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
¾ cup (150g) caster (superfine) sugar
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup (56g) unsalted butter, melted and still warm
½ cup cacao nibs, combined in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
Lightly butter and flour twelve ¼ cup (60ml) capacity muffin or financier pans. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together almond meal, flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar. Add the egg whites, vanilla and melted butter and mix to combine. Stir in the cacao nibs. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans, place onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in the center of a financier comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, let cool in the pans for 5-7 minutes, then carefully unmold onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
Dust with icing sugar before serving.
Makes 12 – I halved the recipe above, used 2-tablespoon capacity pans and got 12 tiny financiers