Take all the goodness of a Christmas fruit cake and put it in a light and delicate – ground almond + egg white batter… What do you get ? Christmas Financiers ! This is my twist on the traditional festive cake. Smaller cuter financiers which of course are not only great to eat, but again great as give away presents. This does not need much advance preparation. Just marinate the dried fruits overnight in equal amounts of brandy and amaretto, they absorb enough flavour to come through the ethereal batter. When you’re ready this hardly takes any time to put together. Bake to a lovely golden brown colour and let them cool completely before you wrap them individually in fancy paper.
- 100 gms butter
- 140 gms icing sugar
- 25 gms plain flour
- 85 gms ground almonds
- 3 egg whites
- 50gms mixed dry fruits – raisins, blackcurrants, glace cherries, orange peel
- 3 tablespoons brandy
- 3 tablespoons amaretto
Preheat oven to 180C. Strain the dry fruits and lay them on a kitchen towel to absorb any remaining alcohol.
Melt the butter in a microwave and keep aside. Sift the icing sugar and flour in a bowl. Stir in the ground almonds.Whisk the egg whites to soft peak stage and fold them into the dry mixture. Now pour in the butter and mix gently, incorporating everything together. Fold in the dry fruits now and pour into the financier moulds. Bake for15-20 mins or till golden brown.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year