Offbeat Bites: Raspberry Financiers

Chef’s note: These adorable little confectioneries are perfect for giving to friends and they make a cute set when put on display. Financiers look like tiny little cupcakes, but are far more sophisticated in taste – rather than the simple sweetness of cupcakes they have a gentle almond flavor, highlighted by a single tart raspberry in the center of each cake.

To make these when raspberries are out of season, use a teaspoon of strawberry or raspberry jam in place of the berries.

If you can’t find ground almonds, process ½ cup of blanched slivered almonds in a food processor for about 1 to 2 minutes. You’ll have a bit of extra ground almonds, but it’s better to have more than not enough.

For a plain vanilla financier recipe click here. If you’d rather try financiers in bar form, with a bit of an orange zing as well, click here.

Interestingly, these petit fours contain no milk and have more almonds than flour, which altogether makes for a rich little cake.
Interestingly enough these petit fours contain no milk and have more almonds than flour, which altogether makes for a rich, yet small, cake.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted

  • 2 egg whites

  • ½ cup of confectioner’s sugar

  • 4 heaping tablespoons of ground almonds

  • 3 heaping tablespoons of all-purpose flour

  • 12 fresh raspberries

 

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a mini muffin tin with mini muffin cups.

The batter will be thick and grainy with ground almonds.
The batter will be thick and grainy with ground almonds.

Beat egg whites until foamy. Stir in sugar, almonds, flour, and butter.

The cups should be nearly full.
The cups should be nearly full.

Evenly divide the batter between 12 muffin cups.

Place the raspberries in the batter with the open ends down, so that the insides don’t dry out in the oven.
Place the raspberries in the batter with the open ends down, so that the insides don’t dry out in the oven.

Place a raspberry in each muffin cup.

Financiers are irresistible when set out on display together.
Financiers are irresistible when set out on display together.

Bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes, until the financiers have set. Leave the financiers to cool for about a half hour before removing from the muffin tin.

All photos by Lauren Quinn

 

 

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