Created in the late 1800s by a bakery near the Paris Bourse, the city’s financial hub, financiers were named and made for the wealthy bankers who frequented the shop. The cakes were rich with brown butter, shaped into a gold bar, and made small and crumbless for portability—perfect for a busy banker. Financiers are similar to madeleines but much more forgiving and versatile. They can be baked in mini-muffin tins. Once you learn this basic financier, play around with flavor combinations.
This pastry was featured as part of our Parisian Sweets photo gallery.