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Easy Maple Financiers

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Easy Maple Financiers

Aromatic maple financiers are easy to make and use staple ingredients. Enjoy these irresistible French-inspired treats for dessert, at teatime, or as a snack!

Easy Maple Financiers // FoodNouveau.com

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Have you ever spotted financiers at a French bakery or pastry shop? These tiny cakes are often presented in small, rectangular form and sold in bags or 4 or 6—very handy to enjoy as an on-the-go snack or offer as a delicious edible gift to hosts and loved ones.

Financiers are tiny, rich French cakes that are traditionally made with almond flour, brown butter, and egg whites. Usually baked in small molds, financiers are traditionally rectangular in shape, but they’re also often made in round molds, such as a mini-muffin pan.

Freshly baked maple financiers // FoodNouveau.com

Although I do love a classic financier, these maple financiers hold a special place in my Canadian heart. Maple sugar adds some depth of flavor and an aromatic sweetness to the tiny cakes. The flavor of maple sugar also goes wonderfully well with irresistible brown butter, the “secret” ingredient that makes financiers so delightful. (More on brown butter, below!)

I love financiers because they’re so easy to make. They require staple ingredients, which you probably already have on hand, and they come together really quickly. In fact, as elegant as financiers look, they’re actually as easy as muffins to make. Anybody can make them, including kids!

Making brown butter, called beurre noisette in French, is the only technique that might be unfamiliar to you, but fear not: it’s easy. Brown butter is made by melting butter in a saucepan, then letting it simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, until its water evaporates and the milk solids caramelize. Brown butter is incredibly aromatic and gives financiers a truly special flavor.

Brown butter (beurre noisette) provides a delightful, unique aroma to French financiers // FoodNouveau.com

My maple financier recipe, below, details how to make brown butter, but if you’ve never made it before, refer to my How to Make French Financier article for additional tips and how-to images.

Enjoy these irresistible maple financiers at teatime or serve them as a snack or a light dessert for brunch. Since maple financiers can be made in advance and even be frozen (more good news!), you can also wrap them in cello bags and offer them as delicious gifts to teachers, hosts, and loved ones.

However you serve them or whomever you give them to, be prepared to bake batch after batch: maple financiers are addictively delicious and their size means they tend to disappear in a blink! But after experiencing how easily they come together, I know you won’t mind turning the oven back on to churn out more of these irresistible treats.

A closeup of Maple Financiers, a delicious French-inspired tiny cake // FoodNouveau.com

Easy Maple French Financiers Recipe Video

Watch how easy it is to make these aromatic maple financiers!



Helpful tips for making maple financiers


What ingredients do I need to make maple financiers?

Financiers require only a handful of ingredients to make: butter, almond flour (i.e. finely ground almonds), all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and egg whites. In the case of these maple financiers, you’ll be using granulated maple sugar to infuse the treat with the unique, earthy flavor of maple syrup. Learn more about granulated maple sugar below.

The ingredients you need to make maple financiers, an aromatic French cake // FoodNouveau.com

What is granulated maple sugar, exactly?

Maple sugar is made from boiling maple syrup until the liquid evaporates and the granulated sugar remains. Maple sugar comes in a variety of textures, from superfine to coarse. This recipe for maple financiers uses fine granulated maple sugar (illustrated just above.)

The texture of granulated maple sugar is more uneven than that of granulated sugar, but it acts and dissolves similarly, which is why granulated maple sugar can be used as a substitute for regular granulated sugar in any recipe at a 1:1 ratio.

Granulated maple sugar can be a bit more difficult to find than maple syrup and it can be expensive, too. Look for companies that sell it in bulk, such as Yupik, in Canada, which sells 450 g (1 lb) bags of organic maple sugar for less than CAD $20.

I can’t find maple sugar. Can I use regular granulated sugar instead?

Yes, you can. You’ll lose the aromatic maple flavor, but none of the eating pleasure. Simply substitute granulated sugar at a 1:1 ratio.

What varieties of nuts can I use to make maple financiers?

Classic financiers are made with almond flour—finely ground almonds, that is—but you can use ground walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans, too. Make sure the nuts are ground to a very fine, smooth texture. If you grind your own nuts, make sure to process them along with the maple sugar to avoid turning the nuts into butter.

I think ground pecans go wonderfully well with maple sugar, so this is the type of nut flour I use most often when I make maple financiers. I also like to decorate each financier with a pecan nut for a cute finishing touch!

Maple financiers with decorative pecan nuts, before baking // FoodNouveau.com

This recipe uses 4 egg whites. I don’t want to be stuck with leftover egg yolks. What do you suggest?

If you don’t want to be stuck with leftover egg yolks, you can use egg whites from a carton (liquid egg whites) to make maple financiers. Refer to the manufacturer’s packaging instructions to find out the quantity of liquid egg whites you need to substitute 4 large egg whites, or simply weigh the liquid egg whites to use the precise quantity required in the recipe (120 g).

What can I do with leftover egg yolks?

Wondering what to make with leftover egg yolks? Here are some delicious ideas:

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Can I make maple financiers in advance?

Yes, you can! In fact, these maple financiers are the make-ahead dessert of your dreams. You can stir financier batter together, then refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 1 week. This means you can bake however many maple financiers you need, whenever you have a craving for them.

Note that maple financiers are at their very best when freshly baked, or ideally enjoyed within 48 hours. If you haven’t enjoyed the full batch of maple financiers within that time frame (I’d be surprised, but you never know!), you can refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 1 week. To return refrigerated maple financiers to their freshly baked texture, reheat them in a 325°F (160°C) oven for 5 minutes, then let them cool to room temperature before serving.

Can I freeze maple financiers?

The freezing and thawing process can soften French financiers a bit. If you bake financiers in advance and freeze them, make sure to store them in heavy-duty freezer bags for a maximum of 1 month. Thaw the financiers in the fridge overnight, or at room temperature for 30 minutes.

To return thawed French financiers to their freshly baked texture, reheat them in a 325°F (160°C) oven for 6 to 8 minutes, then let them cool to room temperature before serving.

Maple financiers, an easy-to-make French-inspired dessert // FoodNouveau.com

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Easy Maple Financiers // FoodNouveau.com

Easy Maple Financiers

Aromatic maple financiers are easy to make and use staple ingredients. Enjoy these irresistible French-inspired treats for dessert, at teatime, or as a snack!
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:12 mins
Total Time:27 mins
Servings 36 financiers

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make the brown butter: Warm the butter in a small stainless steel saucepan over medium heat until completely melted and simmering. Keep on cooking over low heat, swirling the pot from time to time, until the milk solids at the bottom of the pot turn a light brown color and the concoction gives off a delicious hazelnut aroma.
  • When the butter is browned, immediately remove the pan from the heat and pour in a small bowl, scraping down every last bit of the caramelized solids from the bottom of the pan. Let the brown butter cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, all-purpose flour, granulated maple sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the egg whites and whisk until they are fully incorporated and the mixture is thick and somewhat sticky. Mix in the brown butter, whisking gently at first to incorporate, then giving it a vigorous stir to allow the batter to fully come together.
    At this point, the maple financier batter can be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  • Bake the financiers: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a mini muffin pan with parchment paper liners or grease a financier pan with softened butter, then sprinkle with flour and tap out the excess. (Make sure to grease the pan even if it is made of silicone because the texture of financiers tend to be delicate and sticky.)
  • Drop 1 tbsp (15 ml) of dough in each mini muffin cup. Garnish each financier with 1 pecan half, if desired.
    Bake maple financiers for about 12 minutes: the financiers are done when they are golden brown around the edges and set in the center. (If you refrigerated the financier batter, you will need to add 2-3 minutes to the baking time.)
    Let the maple financiers cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • SERVING: Serve maple financiers at room temperature. For an extra-indulgent maple touch, serve the financiers with a small bowl of warm maple syrup for dipping.
  • STORAGE: Store financiers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. You can also refrigerate financiers in an airtight container for up to 1 week, and freeze for up to 1 month. To return cold financiers to their freshly baked glory, warm in a 325°F (160°C) oven for 5 minutes, let cool slightly, then enjoy.

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Notes

  • You can use different types of nut flours to switch up the flavor of your maple financiers. Classic financiers are made with almond flour—finely ground almonds, that is—but you can use ground walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans, too. Make sure the nuts are ground to a very fine, smooth texture. If you grind your own nuts, make sure to process them along with the maple sugar to avoid turning the nuts into butter.
  • If you don't want to be stuck with leftover egg yolks, you can use egg whites from a carton (liquid egg whites) to make maple financiers. Refer to the manufacturer's packaging instructions to find out the quantity of liquid egg whites you need to substitute 4 large egg whites, or simply weigh the liquid egg whites to use the precise quantity required in the recipe (120 g).
  • Wondering what to make with leftover egg yolks? Here are some ideas:

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Author: Marie Asselin

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 27 mins

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow what a great sweet snack. I can’t wait to make them. My kid will love them for sure. Such an easy recipe. Looks delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    All these flavors and combinations go so well together and this is just the perfect and quick dessert to make! They look so cute and I cant wait to make these. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. Just loved this Financiers recipe and gave it a try. My family loved it. Loved the freezing instructions. Also liked the note where it is mentioned about using different types of flours.

  4. Those flavours are perfection together! These financiers are like muffins but sooo much better! I bet they smell amazing when they are baking too!

  5. 5 stars
    What a great little addition for brunch on the weekend. I love maple recipes. I know these little gems will be a hit. I might as well make a double batch.

    • A double batch of financiers is always a great idea! You can keep the batter in the fridge for days, or freeze baked financiers and reheat them just before serving. So handy!