Irresistible Chocolate Financiers recipe are a quick and easy dessert guaranteed to be the perfect ending to a meal. Bite-sized dark chocolate almond cakes have a hint of nuttiness from almond flour and browned butter with the perfect balance of sweetness.
(optional)turbinado sugar, chopped chocolate, maraschino cherries, or slivered almondsfor tops
Preheat the oven to 375ºF and liberally grease 20 mini-muffin tins with baking spray. Weigh chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl.
To brown the butter, in a small skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is fully melted watch carefully and stir occasionally so butter doesn't burn. First the butter will foam, then the white milk solids will start to settle at the bottom. Watch for the milk solids to turn brown. Once that happens, immediately remove from heat. Pour the browned butter into the bowl with chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together the almond flour, sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Stir in the egg whites, making sure there are no clumps of flour. Stir in the butter / chocolate mixture, mixing well.
Distribute the batter into 20 prepared mini-muffin tins. To do this quickly and evenly, use a slightly heaping small cookie scoop, which holds a heaping 1 tablespoon of dough.
If desired, sprinkle turbinado sugar on top then place sliced almonds, chopped chocolate, or a cherry gently on top. Do not press down because it will sink down as it bakes.
Bake for 10 minutes, rotating pan halfway through, until the tops are set and just start to crack. Cool for 5 minutes in pan, then run a small knife around the outside of each tin and pop out onto a wire cooling rack. Cool slightly before serving. Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container up to 3 days.
How to Store:
These almond flour cakes will stay good in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. To store longer, they may also be wrapped securely and frozen up to 2 months.
tips, tricks, and modifications
Almond Flour has a tendency to clump together. For best results, sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl before adding the liquids.
Place a variety of flavor enhancers on top, such as turbinado sugar to enhance the chewy crust, fresh berries, slivered almonds, maraschino cherries, or chopped chocolate.
If adding anything before baking, be sure to rest it right on top, without pressing down. As the financiers bake, the toppings will sink down slightly into the middle.