Financiers (French Almond Cakes)

These classic French Financiers Cakes make the most delicious little treat. Perfect with your morning or afternoon tea, these Brown Butter Almond Tea Cakes are a great sweet snack and edible gift idea. These Mini Almond Cakes are also easily customisable with many optional additions. Why we love this recipe Financiers make the best tea... Read More The post Financiers (French Almond Cakes) appeared first on A Baking Journey.

Financiers (French Almond Cakes)

These classic French Financiers Cakes make the most delicious little treat. Perfect with your morning or afternoon tea, these Brown Butter Almond Tea Cakes are a great sweet snack and edible gift idea. These Mini Almond Cakes are also easily customisable with many optional additions.

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Why we love this recipe

Financiers make the best tea time treats if you ask me! They are very quick and easy to prepare without a mixer and can easily be customised with many other ingredients like fruits, nuts, chocolate or even coffee like these Coffee Financiers!

Packed with flavours thanks to the Brown Butter and Almond Meal, these mini almond cakes are super soft, light and fluffy. The perfect afternoon sweet treat and a great edible gift idea!

What are Financiers

A "Financier" is a traditional French tea cake made with Almond Meal and Brown Butter ("beurre-noisette" in French). They can be enjoyed plain like here, or flavoured with many other ingredients like fruits, chocolate, spices, nuts,...

They are known for their distinctive rectangular shape (or oval like here) that resembles a gold bar - which could explain the origin of their name.

Ingredients

Ingredients on a white surface.

Financiers Cakes are super easy to make out of 5 basic ingredients, plus another optional 2.

  • Butter: we are using Unsalted Butter here, slowly melted on the stove to make Brown Butter (see how to make brown butter below). If you don't want to make brown butter, you can simply use melted butter, but the brown butter does provide a LOT of flavour here.
  • Dry Ingredients: a mix of Almond Meal (Almond Flour will work too), Plain/AP Flour, Icing Sugar (or more traditionally Confectioners/Powdered Sugar) and a pinch of Salt. Make sure to sift them well so you don't get lumps in the batter.
  • Egg Whites: some recipes use straight egg whites but I like to use slightly whipped Egg Whites. There is no raising agent in this recipe like baking powder, so slightly whipping the egg whites will make your financiers lighter.
  • Optional: a little bit of Vanilla in the batter for flavour and some Flaked Almonds on top for texture.

Optional Addition & Flavour Variation

This recipe is for a basic financier cake. But you can vary much create thousands of variation using this basic recipe and adding ingredients like:

  • Fruits: Berries, Figs, pieces of Pears or Apples or Citrus like Orange and Lemon.
  • Nuts: replace (or combine) the Almond Meal with Hazelnut Meal or Pistachios for example.
  • Chocolate: replace a little bit of the flour with Cacao Powder, or add Chocolate Chunks to the batter!
  • Tea like Matcha or even Coffee like I did with these Coffee Financiers.
  • Spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspices, cardamom,...
Stack of Financiers on a cooling rack.

How to make Financiers Cakes

Making Financiers is quite easy and straight forward, but you will need one saucepan to make the brown butter and two bowls to mix the ingredients.

  • Preheat your oven on 160'C/325'F and grease a Financier Pan.
  • Photo 1: Make the Brown Butter. Place your Unsalted Butter in a small Saucepan and turn on medium low to medium heat. Leave to melt completely, occasionally stirring. Continue to cook until the butter starts to get foamy. After about 5 to 8 minutes, the butter will turn to a golden colour and you should smell nutty aromas coming from the pan. You should also see brown specks at the bottom of the pan, which are the caramelised milk solids that have separated from the fat. Remove from the stove and set aside to cool down.

You can read more about Brown Butter here.

  • Photo 2: Sift together the Almond Meal, Icing Sugar (or Powdered Sugar), Flour and Salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Photo 3: in a separate bowl, whisk your Egg Whites for a few minutes until slightly foamy. This step can be skipped, but whisking the egg whites slightly will give your financiers cakes a better, lighter, more airy texture.
  • Photo 4: Add the cooled Brown Butter (making sure to include all the little brown specks that are packed with flavours!), Egg Whites and Vanilla to the dry ingredients. Whisk to combine until you see no lumps (but don't over-work the batter).
Process Shot Collage: making the financier batter.
  • Photo 5: place the batter inside your Financier Pan. I use a piping bag first then slightly smooth it out with the back of a spoon, but you could also just spoon it (or scoop it) in if preferred.
  • Photo 6: optionally, top each financier with some Flaked Almonds to add some texture. Alternatively, you could also use a different nut like pistachios or hazelnuts or some fruits like Blueberries or Raspberries.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Set aside to cool down for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan and placing on a cooling rack until completely cool.
Process Shot Collage: placing the batter in the pan and adding flaked almonds.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use Melted Butter instead of Brown Butter?

Absolutely, although most of the flavour comes from the nutty brown butter so I highly recommend using it!

Can I used Almond Flour instead of Almond Meal?

Yes, you can use both. I personally prefer Almond Meal for a little bit more texture.

Do I need a Financier Pan?

Financiers usually have a recognisable rectangular (or oval) shape, but you can absolutely use a Regular or Mini Muffin Pan, or Mini Loaf Pan instead! I recommend to use a metal pan instead of silicone for a better caramelisation though.

Financier vs Madeleine

Both are classic French Tea Cakes, but are different both in taste and shape. The financiers only use egg whites and no raising agent like baking powder while Madeleines use whole eggs and baking powder.

Although the most traditional Financiers have a long, rectangular shape, they can be baked using many other small cake tins like a round muffin pan. Madeleines are always baked in a madeleine pan.

Stack of cakes over a cooling rack seen from above.

Tips for Success

  • To develop the flavours even more, cover the financier batter with plastic wrap touching its surface and leave in the fridge for a few hours before baking.
  • Make sure to grease the cake tin you are using as Financiers tend to stick a bit. If the almond cakes seem to not release from the pan, use a small knife to gently lift the sides until the cakes are released.
  • To create different flavours, finish your Brown Butter Cakes with a few Blueberries or a Raspberry, some Chocolate Chips, whole nuts like Pistachios or Hazelnuts or incorporate some Lemon or Orange Zest to the batter.
  • If using a Mini Muffin Pan instead of a Financier Pan, reduce the baking time by about half (then check them and assess whether or not they need to cook for longer).

Storing & Freezing Financiers

Financiers Cakes are best eaten fresh, within 24 hours, but can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can be kept for longer in the fridge but this will make the crumb more dry.

These almond cakes can be frozen, although it will slightly change the texture. I recommend freezing them for up to a month. Leave them to thaw at room temperature when ready to eat, or for a few minutes in the oven.

Financiers placed on a white surface.

More Tea Cakes

  • Raspberry and Almond Madeleines
  • Almond Shortbread Cookies
  • Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts
  • Mini Brownie Bites
  • Chocolate Chip Scones

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Financiers (French Almond Tea Cakes)

Brown Butter Almond Tea Cakes
Course afternoon tea, Snack
Cuisine French
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 Cakes
Calories 196kcal
Author A Baking Journey

Ingredients

  • 150 gr (10 1/2 tablesp.) Unsalted Butter
  • 50 gr (1/3 cup) Plain / AP Flour
  • 125 gr (1 1/4 cup) Almond Meal
  • 80 gr (1/2 cup) Icing Sugar or Powdered Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • 1 teasp. Vanilla Extract optional
  • Almond Flakes optional, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven on 160'C/325'F and grease a Financier Pan (see note 1). Optionally, flour the pan too.
  • Mak the Brown Butter: place your butter in a small saucepan and turn on low to medium low heat. Cook until the butter has completely melted and starts to get foamy. Keep on cooking, occasionally stirring, the melted butter starts to turn golden and releases a nutty aroma, and you can see small brown specks at the bottom of the saucepan (see note 2). It should take about 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool down.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the Flour, Almond Meal, Icing Sugar and Salt. Mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the Egg Whites until slightly froathy (see note 3).
  • Add the cooled Brown Butter, Egg Whites and Vanilla to the dry ingredients. Whisk until just combined.
  • Place the batter in a piping bag and pipe into a Financier Pan (or simply spoon/scoop it). Spread with the back of a spoon if needed, then top with Flaked Almonds (optional).
  • Bake for about 20min, or until lightly golden. Take out of the oven and leave for about 10 minutes before removing from the financier pan (see note 4). Leave on a cooling rack until cold

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Notes

General Disclaimer: I highly recommend using the measurements in grams (instead of cups/spoons) for more accuracy and a better result.
  1. If you don't have a Financier Pan, you can use any small cake pan instead like a regular or mini muffin pan or mini loaf pan.
  2. The small specks are the caramelised milk solids than have separated from the fats. They contain most of the flavours of brown butter so don't discard it - make sure you use it all in the batter!
  3. There are no raising agents used here. Slightly whipping the egg whites will incorporate some air into the batter, resulting in a much lighter crumb - but it is optional. I have made financiers with fully whipped egg whites (stiff peaks) and it does work - you will get extremely fluffy cakes. 
  4. The cakes will be very soft when they just come out of the oven so leaving them for 10 minutes in the pan will make it easier to release. Financier batter can be a bit sticky, so if the cakes are sticking to the pan, use a small knife to gently lift the edges until the cakes are released.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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Using an air fryer creates a convenient crispiness on the outside but the soft beefy inside is full of flavor. Don’t have an air fryer?! Using a microwave or a traditional oven also works as well. Whether it’s family dinner, an evening with friends, snack time, or simple crave-able taquito creation select an occasion and show it off! Prepare your José Olé frozen taquitos just the way you like them!

What you Need to Make Easy Taquitos

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  • José Olé Beef Taquitos: Beef has savory shredded beef and zesty green chiles, all wrapped up in a freshly baked corn tortilla to deliver the perfect crunch every time.
  • José Olé Chicken Taquitos: Packed with tender, shredded chicken, green chiles, authentic seasonings and spices, all wrapped in a crispy, oven-baked corn tortilla for the perfect crunch every time.
  • Olive Oil Spray: This will help keep the frozen taquitos from sticking to the air fryer.

Optional Toppings

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  • Shredded lettuce: Shred lettuce or purchase a bag of shredded lettuce to save time.
  • Olives: Slice olives in quarters or in slices for flavor.
  • Tomatoes: Fresh is best but canned tomatoes will work great too. Drain the canned diced tomatoes so the watery substance does not moisten the taquitos.
  • Sour cream: Just a dollop is a great way to dip the air fryer taquitos.
  • Avocado: Slices or dice up a ripe avocado. Adds color and great flavoring!
Two boxes of Jose Ole frozen taquitos.

José Olé Taquitos

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How do you Make José Olé Taquitos without an Air Fryer?

It is quick and easy to create the best taquito from José Olé. Using an air fryer, microwave or oven will still have the best results when cooking frozen taquitos. Follow the directions located on the back of the José Olé box for full instructions.

  1. Air Fryer: This is the best and fastest way to cook frozen taquitos. Has a crispy outside shell with tender and juicy beef.
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Air frying frozen taquitos from Jose Ole.

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Frozen taquitos in the air fryer cooking.

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  • Refrigerator: Store your cooked taquitos in the fridge for up to 4 days, or put in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.
  • Reheat: Place back in the air fryer to reheat at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until warm again.
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Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos

These air fryer frozen taquitos are quick and easy to make for a snack, dinner or side dish! Inside each taquito is packed with protein and flavor!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword air fryer frozen taquitos, air fryer taquitos, frozen taquitos, Taquitos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 taquitos
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 box José Olé Beef or Chicken Taquitos Flour also works
  • olive oil spray

Optional toppings:

  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced olives
  • chopped tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • avocado

Instructions

  • Place 8-10 José Olé taquitos in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
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