Round Chocolate Financiers
I love financier and I love it so much—a little cake, rich in ground almonds and nut butter. Originally, it comes in a rectangular shape, like a bar of solid gold. One of the legends attributed to this butter cake was born in the Paris Stock Exchange area. Some claim that her name was given to her by a local baker who created it in honor of the economists who visited her shop, which was near the stock exchange.
So this time, I decided to change the traditional shape and turn the financier into a small, round cake. Instead of a bright, tanned cookie, I made it rich in cocoa and I finished the center with a pool of dark chocolate ganache. The result is wonderful, a tasty blend of butter, cocoa, almonds and chocolate ganache that delivers gentle sweetness. And the texture is like a cloud in your mouth! The recipe is very easy to make, and to prepare it, I recommended to use a silicone mold for donuts or a mini Kugelhopf silicone mold.
10-12 serves, 2 donuts silicone mold (6 or 8 cavity each)
125 g almond meal
140 g confectioner’s sugar
40 g flour
30 g cocoa powder
pinch of salt
125 g egg whites
125 melted butter
For the Chocolate ganache:
100 g dark chocolate, chopped
100 g heavy whipping cream
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. In a medium bowl combine almond meal, confectioner’s sugar, flour, cocoa and salt.
3. Add the egg whites, you can use a mixer but no whipping is needed, only mix until the ingredients come together.
4. Slowly add melted butter, until the batter becomes smooth.
5. Transfer the batter into a piping bag or a plastic bag, with one of the edges snipped off. Fill the mold almost to the top
6. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until nicely browned, and let cool for 15 minutes before removing the financiers from the mold.
7. Ganache: Heat the cream until simmering. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, wait a few seconds, then stir with a spatula to make a smooth ganache. Stir very carefully without lifting the spatula from the bottom of the bowl in order to avoid incorporating air bubbles. Wait about 30 mintutes before using (don’t use the ganache if it’s too hot).
8. Fill the Financiers with chocolate ganache, you can use a piping bag or a teaspoon.