The summer is the season of peaches, apricots, cherries and strawberries, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fruit usually has our preference when it comes to dessert. Sometimes, though, I like to make a batch of these fruity financiers. They are decidedly seasonal, quick and easy to make.
Are you wondering how these dainty cakes got their name? While some claim financiers owe their name to their shape (they resemble little bars of gold), others claim the name comes from their place of origin. Financiers were first made in the 19th century by a baker whose shop was close to the Parisian Stock Exchange. Nobody knows for sure, but what we do know is that they’re an addictively delicious treat!
Financiers with Summer Fruit
Makes 18 pieces
- 180g butter
- 70g all-purpose flour
- 150g ground almonds
- 230g icing sugar
- 5 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- fresh blueberries and raspberries, cut in half
Preheat the oven to 200°C and butter the financier moulds. Sprinkle the moulds with flour, tapping away any excess. Allow the butter to melt on a low heat, wait until it turns a light brown colour and begins to release a nutty scent, then remove from the heat. Mix the flour, ground almonds and icing sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg whites and the vanilla extract and combine everything well using a whisk. Add the melted butter and whisk vigorously again. Fill the moulds with the batter and place three berry halves on each mould. Bake the financiers for 5 minutes before lowering the heat to 180°C and allowing them to bake for another 10 minutes. Transfer the financier moulds to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.