Today’s recipe is from my new cookbook Ellen gave me. I cut the amount of butter which was Lord D approved in our household, and will experiment with making a version with applesauce, replacing all butter. If you can’t make it to London this summer, then enjoy making tea treats at home.
This is light, moist teacake, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavoring.
The name “financier” is said to be derived from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. Some say that it comes their popularity in the financial district of Paris surrounding La Bourse du Commerce (the former name of the Paris stock exchange). Either way they are wonderful.
Blueberry and Vanilla Financiers
- Friand pan
- 1/4 cup butter melted and cooled
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 4 medium egg whites
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour sifted
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- medium lemon zested
- 1 cup blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C/gas mark 5
- Grease a nine hole friand tray. You can also use muffin tins.
- Slice the vanilla pod in half/lengthways. Use a knife or a teaspoon to scrape the pod to extract the vanilla seeds. Add them to the icing sugar.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy.
- Fold in all the remaining ingredients.
- Spoon into your prepared tray and push a few blueberries into each cake
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave in the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving.