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Pistachio and Raspberry Financiers

Elegant but easy financiers to bake with the kids.
Course Desserts
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 36 mini-financiers, or 18 regular financiers
Author Marie Asselin

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 egg whites feel free to use liquid eggs whites
  • 1 cup raspberries washed and thoroughly dried (or frozen raspberries, unthawed)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease mini muffin cups with cooking spray, or line with paper cups, and set aside.
  • Put the pistachios and flour in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse powder. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the cane sugar, brown sugar, and baking powder and whisk together. Add the egg whites and whisk until they are fully incorporated and the mixture is crumbly and somewhat sticky. Mix in the melted butter. At this point, the batter can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • When ready to bake the financiers, drop a tablespoonful of dough in each muffin cup. Top each financier with a raspberry. Bake for about 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the financiers are golden brown on the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

SERVING

  • Serve the financiers sprinkled with powdered sugar, and topped with an extra fresh raspberry (or thawed frozen raspberry), if desired.

STORAGE

  • Financiers are at their very best eaten the day they are baked, though they can certainly bear an overnight stay in an airtight container. Or, if you don’t plan to eat all the financier the day they’re baked, keep the extra batter in an airtight container and use it within the next two days.

Notes

To Make it Dairy-free:
Use dairy-free buttery shortening instead of butter. I use <a href="http://earthbalancenatural.com/product/vegan-buttery-sticks/">Earth Balance’s Vegan Buttery Sticks</a>.
To Make it Gluten-free:
Use <a href="http://www.bobsredmill.com/white-rice-flour.html">white rice flour</a> instead of unbleached all-purpose flour.
You can also use regular muffin pans. Grease with cooking spray, then fill each cup with two tablespoonfuls of batter. Top each financier with two to three raspberries, depending on their size, and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the financiers are puffed and golden brown on the edges.