Cherry Madeira Financiers | Mother’s Day
Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup/126g powdered sugar
  • 1 stick/113g butter
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon/45g plain/all purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup/85g ground almonds
  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 10oz jar/135g maraschino cherries, reserve 24 halves and chop the rest
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉/190℃.
  2. Grease a 24 hole mini muffin tin, I used non stick spray.
  3. Divide the chopped maraschinos evenly between the 24 holes.
  4. In a small stainless steel pan, melt the butter.
  5. Heat on low until the butter is melted and begins to turn a golden brown.
  6. Be careful not to burn it, just when it begins to smell nutty and you see the milk solids turning a golden brown colour.
  7. Strain the butter into a heatproof measuring jug and let cool.
  8. Sift the flour, pinch of salt and powdered sugar in a bowl.
  9. Mix in the ground almonds, I sifted mine to get fine almond flour, but that's optional.
  10. In a bowl of a stand mixer or a using a hand mixer, whip the egg whites till soft and foamy.
  11. You want to have soft peaks.
  12. Mix the egg whites and the browned butter into the flour mixture.
  13. Fold gently till thoroughly mixed.
  14. Put a level tablespoon of batter into the mini muffin tins.
  15. I used a skewer to gently mix the batter and cherries together in the tin so that the cherries were better dispersed.
  16. Once all the holes have been filled, press the reserved cherry halves on top.
  17. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes.
  18. They should be golden brown and springy to the touch.
  19. Let cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then pull out the financiers and cool on a rack.
  20. Enjoy with a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Notes
I didn't want to lose the volume of the egg white batter and so I didn't mix in the cherries. It's easier to just drop them into the tin holes and once the batter goes on top, run a chopstick or a skewer through a couple of times to distribute the cherries. The cherries can be replaced with healthier ones...sour cherries or black cherries would be great. However, they wouldn't be Cherry Madeira Financiers then. There is a distinct taste to these and you have to like maraschino cherries to truly appreciate these. I warn you, they are very addicting.
Recipe by Coffee and Crumpets at http://www.coffeeandcrumpets.com/cherry-madeira-financiers-mothers-day/