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French Almond Financiers

Categories: Cakes/pies, Christmas, Cookies, Easter, Kids' Favorites, Sweet
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

So-called because these cakes are said to resemble gold bars

Prep Time: prep 15 mins

Cooking Time: cook 10-12 mins

Serves: makes 12


  • 1 / 2 cup ground almonds
  • 3 / 4 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for the molds
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tbsp butter, softened plus more for the molds
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 / 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
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  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Butter and flour 12 financier or barquette molds (available at specialty kitchenware stores). Place on a baking sheet, if necessary.
  2. Mix the almonds, sugar, and salt together. Heat the butter over low heat, just until melted. Whisk the egg whites until they are frothy but barely thickened. Add the butter, egg whites, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and fold together.
  3. Divide the batter among the molds, filling halfway. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until they spring back when pressed lightly. Cool briefly, remove from the molds onto a wire rack, and cool completely.
  • prep 15 mins; cook 10-12 mins

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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