Monday, December 13, 2010

Financier-Style Vanilla Bean Pound Cakes

We don't need no stickin' financier silicone pans.  Well, actually we do, but I made due with silicone cupcake molds.  It made eight with one casualty slipping off the rack whilst coming out of the oven.  Does the five second rule hold?  I may have cried.  This was a lot of work for eight tiny cupcakes.  Next time the recipe will be doubled.

I used vanilla bean paste for the first time with these little gems.  Interesting stuff, not at all what I expected, quite runny.  The few ingredients went together easily.  Rose clarified the unusual dough texture and I'm very glad she did, otherwise I would have beaten it far too long.

Topped with a dab of marscapone and apricot jam, these were delicious.  Everyone very much enjoyed them and go on the Make Again List.


  1. Excellent the way you topped these little cuties. What brand of vanilla bean paste did you use? Mine (N-M) is very thick. Not as thick as honey, but more like honey than water. Hope that makes sense.


  2. I love the way you finished these - very creative. You asked about my mini-muffin pan; it's metal.

  3. Great idea with the cheese and jam!! I love, love, love apricot jam. I make it every year! Great Choice!

  4. Awww.. that's the cutest financiers! I love the mascarpone topping and apricot jam on top.