Peach and Blueberry Financiers

A Financier is a small French Almond Cake traditionally baked in the shape of a gold bar, hence the name. Some say that it is called such because the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding the Paris stock exchange and was named after its wealthy bankers. Its main ingredient is the almond flour (ground or finely crushed) though it's distinct feature comes from the use of beurre noisette (brown butter).

Photo by Lisa M.
Adapted from manilaspoon.com

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Adapted from manilaspoon.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup white Sugar

  • 1/2

    cup Almond Flour (finely ground Almonds or Almond meal)

  • 1/2

    cup All-purpose Flour

  • 4

    Egg Whites

  • 1

    stick, Browned butter*

  • 2

    fresh Peaches, pitted and chopped in small pieces (I didn't bother removing the skin but do so if you prefer that)

  • 1

    (up to 1 1/2) cup(s) fresh Blueberries

  • Plain melted butter works too if you don't wanna go through the trouble of browning the butter.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450F. Butter liberally a 12-count muffin tin. Alternatively, you can also use muffin liners (using liners won't make the financiers turn fully golden brown as they should be but the taste would still be fantastic). In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, Almond and regular flour. Add the egg whites. With an electric mixer beat the mixture well for about 1 minute. Pour in the browned (or melted) butter and beat again for another minute. Gently stir in the fruits. Spoon or pour the batter into the muffin tin. Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for about 8 minutes or just when the financiers are beginning to rise. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 F and bake for another 7-8 minutes. Turn-off the heat without opening the oven door and leave the financiers there for another 5 minutes. The financiers are done when they are nicely browned and springs back when pressed lightly. You may have to slightly adjust the baking time if you are using muffin liners. Transfer to a wire rack but let the Financiers cool in the muffin tins for about 10 minutes or just until warm. These are best eaten warm. Should you have some left-overs, which I really doubt, just store them in airtight containers. Oh buttery deliciousness, indeed!

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