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Heart-shaped French Financier cake

Financier cake is a small French cake. It is a light, moist teacake, similar to sponge cake, and contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavoring. The basis of the cake itself is beurre noisette (brown butter), egg whites, icing sugar and flour. Financiers are often baked in shaped molds. The name “financier” is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. Another theory says that the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding La Bourse du Commerce (the former name of the Paris stock exchange).

The friand pastry, which has become popular in Australia appears to have been based on the French financier; however, Australian's friands typically have additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. Australian friands are baked in oval shapes. For this coming valentine's day, I've baked these French Financier cake into heart-shaped.

Hankerie: You may dust some icing sugar on top of these lovely French Financier Cake for decoration & sweeter taste purposes.

Hankerie's French Financier cake recipe
  1. 200g Icing sugar 
  2. 150g butter 
  3. Finely ground almonds 
  4. 50 g sliced almonds 
  5. 4 Eggs whites
Tutorial : Method
  1. Melt the butter and let it cool down a bit.
  2. Mix the flour, the sugar and the ground almonds together in a bowl.
  3. Dig a "shaft" and add the egg whites, mix, then add the melted butter.
  4. Mix vigorously.
  5. Butter the heart-shaped baking tins, and evenly pour the pastry in them.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 180°C for 25 minutes.
  7. Let it cool for 3 minutes and take them out from tins.
  8. Financier Cakes are ready.
I'm submitting for Valentine Hearts: Heart-shaped dishes for Valentine's Day!

Wish you Happy Valentine's day in advance!


Edith said…
Clever idea of turning these into hearts.

BTW, I think I owe you an answer about the crocheting. I am doing self teach method by looking at pattern books. Thus not taking up classes.
Bobbie said…
Such a good idea! Thanks for sharing!
Hankerie said…
@ Edith: Oh I cannot remembered if I was the one who asked about your crocheting. Anyway, long time no hear from you, thanks for dropping by.

@ BertiesBakery: No problem. Thanks :)