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Peanut Butter Ingots- Financiers au Beurre de Cacahučtes - 9/18/10

Financiers are small French cake with brown butter and ground almond. The financier is a light, moist teacake that is similar to sponge cake but has a lot more flavor and has a slightly crunchy crust.  Financiers are classics little cakes, perfect for a little snacks, very popular and they are sold in every pastry shop in France.  Instead of making classics Financiers, which I often make,  I put a little twist by adding Peanut butter.  Peanut butter is definitely very popular in America and combining classics Financiers with Peanut butter hopefully will satisfy an American audience.   The results was simply "Delicious!" They have a nice peanut butter taste which definitely distinct, but not too heavy.

I love the delicate flavor of the brown butter, the ground almonds, and I thought the peanut butter although it wasn't overwhelming was a really nice combination.

Perfectly golden ingots.  By adding Peanut butter to the classics Financiers, I am sure an American will feel right at home while tasting these cakes.  This a good introduction to French pastry with a American twist.

Close look at the cakes.

The Financiers are the perfect size for a snack!  They go so well with a hot cup of coffee.


Preparation work..

3/4 cup ground almond

10 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup flour

4 large egg white at room temperature

3 tablespoons peanut butter

Make the brown butter

Click on link to see preparation of brown butter:


Put the brown butter aside...

Beat the egg whites on medium speed just until foamy.

Add the ground almond and flour...

Beat on low until incorporated.

Drizzle in the hot brown butter and beat on Medium low speed.  It should take about 5 minutes to add all the butter, giving the mixture a chance to emulsify completely into a smooth golden cream.

Add the peanut butter...

and mix for a few seconds.  Refrigerate the mixture for at least one hour or up to overnight.

Remove the batter from the refrigerator and fill the mold up to 2/3 full.  The dough is thick so is will not spread easily.  Use a spoon and scoop the batter into the molds.

Pre-heat the oven at 375 degree and bake the Financiers for about 20 minutes.

Un-mold the Financiers and let them cool down on a rack.


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