Financier cake is small, rich, delicious, and flavoured with almonds. Traditionally shaped in the form of a gold ingot, this financier recipe is easy and quick to put together.
Financiers are one of my favourite French pastry classics. During my first year living in Paris, my neighbourhood bakery had the best ones: airy, buttery, and moist. Perfect treat to eat on the go. And that is exactly what I did almost every day on way back home from pastry school! The happiest times. I loved them even more when I learned that these French almond cakes were so easy to make. You can be sitting down with a cup of coffee having delicious financiers in about 30 minutes from now. Go pre-heat the oven 😉.
Financiers are small French almond cakes flavoured with almonds and brown butter. They are exquisite. They are traditionally baked in rectangular moulds, and that is where their name is derived from: because of their resemblance to a gold ingot.
This recipe is so easy to make, all you need is one bowl and 30 minutes from start to finish! And a few other things:
Yes. You are done. Believe it! Now the baking part.
Baking financiers is straight forward:
Note: Time is just to guide you, it's not exact. Each oven is different. And each mould is also different. Get to know your material, the 12 minutes are a guide.
You know the financiers are ready if you insert a skewer at the centre and it comes out clean.
Most definitely these French almond cakes can be altered and made gluten free. You need to replace the all-purpose flour by a gluten free flour mix. And voila you have a gluten free cake.
You can make these into raspberry financiers by simply replacing the sliced almonds by raspberries. After you have filled the moulds, place one raspberry at the centre of each almond cake and press gently to insert. Bake as instructed in the recipe.
You can also replace the almond flour by hazelnut flour and make these hazelnut financiers.
French almond cakes can be frozen for up to 2 months, wrapped in plastic wrap and safely stored in a freezer bag or an airtight container.
To defrost: let it sit, wrapped, 1 hour at room temperature. Then remove the plastic wrap and enjoy!
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I tried some in French backery on Talcahuano and Paraguay! (In town) Absolutely delicious!
Hi Gladys, I agree with you! Financiers are delicious :) Although I don't know this bakery, what's it called?
Belu, cant remember name of place, but very good products! Much better than the to French guys Who Cook in Gourmet ! The ir croissants aré absolutely delicious, as well as macarrons,,,All the best with tour cooking. Will try your recipe!
Hola GLadys! Thank you for the tip :) Did you end up trying the recipe?
I love it so much
Belennnnn really easy to cook and delicious!!!! Perfect for breakfast as soon as they come out of the oven!!!!!
Ahhh Sofi! So happy you liked the financiers :) It makes me happy to know you are baking recipes from the blog! :)
They were really easy to make and delicious!! I’ll for sure keep this recipe within my favorites. Thanks!
Financiers are delicious treats! So happy you are keeping the recipe within your favorites :) Thank you!!
Love your recipes .... can you add the US measurements as well? This would really help.
Sorry for the late response!
And very happy to hear you like my recipes! I can't add this into the website (as I don't have this functionality!), but I hear this is a trusted website for conversions:
Hope this helps!
Have a nice day :)
Should I rebake the financier after defrosting? Thank for your help plz
You can pop them back in a very hot oven for 5 minutes if you find they are kind of sticky after defrosting them!
Hope this helps!
Hello, a silly question. Do I use regular muffin pans or the mini. Thank you
Hi!! There are no silly questions ;) I made these in mini muffin pans. However you can use a big one if you prefer. Note that the baking time will change ! Happy baking!
You make every recipe so simple and easy to follow. Love the financiers, they are delicious and perfect!
Ohhh the best comment to receive ever! Thank you, so happy you find my recipes easy to follow! And also glad you enjoyed the financiers, they are one of my soft spots too :)
I’d love to make these for a tea party, but one of the guests cannot have gluten - how would you recommend altering the recipes?
Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe, and for any suggestions you might have!
This is a great question. And yes, you can make these financiers GF! My sister and sister in law are both Celiac, so I have tested this myself!
Simply replace the flour amount by GF store-bought flour. I heard Bob Red's Mill has a good ready to use mix.
Hope this helps! Would love to know how they turn out, if you make them!
Que ricor estos financiers!!!
Voy a probar de hacerlos!!!
Hi Sofi, I hope you try them soon!! If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me!