Financiers recipe and history ( beginner french baking class)
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Join my online French cooking classes: in this French baking class we learn how to make the famous Financiers cake recipe. financiers cakes will be a breeze to make using this beginner French baking video tutorial.

if you are looking for easy French treats to make at home, this has to be the easiest recipe around. The recipe is simple, and there are very few steps prior baking skills are required.

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Useful cookware:
Financiers mould:

50 grams 0.40 cups of plain flour
60 grams 0.70 cups of almond meal
150 grams 1.13 cups of icing sugar
3 egg whites ( medium caliber)
150 grams .64 cups of plain butter

for the toppings fruit of your choice
or flaked almonds.
you can also make the financier plain

cooking time:
first 5 minutes at 200 Celsius ( 392 F)
then reduce 180 degrees Celsius ( 356 F) and continue to cook for 10 minutes ( or more depending on the size of the financier you are making.

Remember that cooking times can vary based on how thick the financiers you are making are, as well as the type of oven you are using. on average cooking time varies between 10 and 15 minutes. so my advice is to keep watching the financier in the oven once you passed the 10 minutes mark and wait until they get a yellow golden brown color. to test if cooked, plunge a knife in one of the cake, if the knife comes out wet but that no batter sticks to it, the financier are cooked.

Financiers  (formerly known as a visitandines) are small bite size almond cake which are flavored with a beurre noisette ( translated as Hazelnut butter because of its color) and topped up with a piece of fruit or flakes almonds. the original Financiers are baked in small rectangular cake pans but you can bake them in an everyday muffin pan too. Financiers are known to be light and moist with a crisp, eggshell-like exterior.

Originally the small cakes were made by the Visitandines order of nuns, the financier was popularized in the nineteenth century where The name financier is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. According to some sources, the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding the Paris stock exchange, as the cake could easily be stored in the pocket for long periods without being damaged. however it is also said the recipe was taken by the Swiss hence why the name and the shape of the cake was change to make it look like a new cake made locally.

As with everything in older recipes it is always hard to know what the exact story is. But one thing is for sure these financier are beautiful, tasty and easy to make at home.


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