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.... Read More
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Although you can make yours in a mini muffin tin, financiers are usually shaped like gold bars. The sponge cake-like pastry originated in the financial districts of France in the late 1800s. They were created as a portable snack for the titans of business, so they don't crumble easily. They're also more forgiving than madeleines and versatile to boot. This is a basic recipe that you can build upon once you have the foundation. Financiers use almond flour and browned butter with vanilla bean for its flavor and moist, light texture.