I came across these little cakes recently at an Italian coffee shop in Dublin. They are in fact French in origin and are really delicious. So delicious that I thought I should have a go at making them and save myself the trip to the Italian coffee shop, which was becoming something of a habit. I still go there and still buy them! But no harm in knowing how to bake them too.
So I went on the Internet and found a recipe for them at this Blog http://www.cookrepublic.com/recipe-archive/raspberry-friands/.
These taste really moist and are quite heavy. You are left feeling fulfilled. There is little chance you would go for a second one and they make you pretty full. They go well with coffee or tea of course.
So here are some photos of my attempt at the Financiers! I used 2 frozen raspberries in each one.
The recipe made 12 exactly. I only had a standard bun/muffin tin, so I didn’t get the nice almond shape that you will find in the coffee shop or bakery. But I couldn’t justify buying a special tin just for these… or not yet anyway!