A specialty of France, financiers are not well known in the U.S. which is a shame. Made with a few simple ingredients; ground almonds, sugar, vanilla, egg whites, beurre noissette and ultra light flour, the flavor is wonderful. These little Gold Ingots from Rose's Heavenly Cakes didn't last long in my house.
I had unexpected helping hands in the kitchen with me. After spraying the pans with bakers Pam, we used the pastry brush to "paint" every nook and cranny of the miniature tart pans. The girls each took a turn piping in batter. This was great fun! I just love when simple baking steps provide a chance for them to genuinely help and learn a helpful skill along the way.
Financiers are traditionally oblong. The baking store carried only round pans in miniature size which worked perfectly.
I was afraid the beurre noisette (that's it in the cup) passed the proper browning point. The aroma and flavor were surprisingly wonderful and most importantly, the smoke alarm didn't go off. I pulled them out slightly underbaked. Cooled for five minutes in the pans, they finished baking and turned out easily. The texture was lovely. I have better luck using plain aluminum pans.
We had a little impromptu outdoor tea party with these gems. I can safely say they will be on the make again and again and again list.