French Fridays: Almond cakes with browned butter from My Paris Kitchen

David Lebovitz browned butter financiers from My Paris Kitchen on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays from David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen was little browned butter almond cakes aka financiers.

These are one of my absolute favourite “goûter” (tea time) snacks (so much so that I have a recipe for them in In the French kitchen with kids) so I’m always happy to make another batch (as are my colleagues, the willing recipients of my baking experiments!). David’s recipe calls for making these in mini muffin tins – as do mine; typically they are made in molds shaped like gold bars as a nod to their origin in Paris’ financial district, made by an enterprising baker who found they made a great on-the-go snack for his busy banking clientele. I’m not a fan of “one trick pony” items in my small kitchen with not much storage space so a mold that just works for one recipe doesn’t make the cut – mini muffin tins make this recipe much more accessible.

David Lebovitz financiers from My Paris Kitchen on eatlivetravelwrite.comDavid’s recipe calls for making “beurre noisette” (browned butter) which I did =, kind of expecting the result to be a darker fiancier. Mine were still golden brown as they normally are and to be honest I couldn’t really taste any difference… This recipe also called for powdered sugar instead of granulated – not sure if this had anything to do with the end texture but I found them a little more dense than I’m used to – still just as delicious, mind you – and they were snapped up in my staff room before 9.30am!

David Lebovitz financiers on eatlivetravelwrite.comSimple to make, pretty to look at, delicious. What’s not to love?

Get the recipe for David Lebovitz’s Almond cakes with browned butter on page 268 of My Paris Kitchen.



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7 thoughts on “French Fridays: Almond cakes with browned butter from My Paris Kitchen”

  1. Very pretty with the powdered sugar.
    I also thought the texture on these was a bit heavier, but I chalked it up to the change up of ingredients 🙂
    A half batch of these was still more treats than the two of us could eat in a few days time… (I Mardi-fied the recipe)

  2. Gorgeous with the powdered sugar–kind of elevates their look, I think. My kiddo thought these were a most excellent snack, which reminds me we should try and make your version sometime soon! Then I can really decide if the browned butter made any difference. 🙂 Looks great, Mardi!


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