Mardi Michels' financiers

Tea cakes made with almond meal that's great as dessert or snack

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Enjoy French cuisine with your family any night of the week. From her new book, In the French Kitchen with Kids, Mardi Michels proves that French food can be simple, elegant and very kid-friendly in its preparation. So, if you're looking to cook up a storm with your kids, and make more than just muffins and pizza, this is the book for you.

French teacher and the well-known blogger behind eat. live. travel. write, Michel works with children in her school's science lab to guide them through slicing, mixing and tasting various dishes. Here, she shows how to make very delicate looking and tasty cakes that are also great as an after school snack.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
4 large egg whites
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup almond meal
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
icing sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400˚F (200˚C). If you are using a nonstick mini muffin pan you may not need to butter them, but otherwise generously butter the cups of the pan.

Melt the butter either in a small pot on the stovetop over medium heat or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute. Set aside to cool.

Beat the egg whites until frothy with handheld electric beaters on high speed, 1 to 2 minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, almond meal, flour and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold them in gently with a rubber spatula until just combined.

Add the cooled, melted butter to the batter and use a rubber spatula to gently mix until the butter is completely incorporated.

Divide the batter between the cups of the muffin pan. You can do this with a 11/2-tablespoon cookie scoop or a small spoon. Fill each cup almost to the top.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the center is slightly puffed and the edges are golden and slightly crispy and coming away from the pan. There may be cracks in the tops. That’s totally okay!

Remove the financiers from the muffin pan immediately and allow to cool on wire racks.

Once they have cooled completely, sprinkle them with icing sugar to serve. These are best eaten the day they are made, although they can keep for a couple of days in an airtight container at room temperature.

Option for raspberry financiers: just before you bake the financiers, cut 12 raspberries in half and place one half, cut side down, on top of each financier. Press down gently.

24 cakes
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
10 to 12 minutes