Named because of their resemblance to a block of gold, these beautiful, flavoursome morsels are a bit fiddly to make but so worthwhile. I use a Kmart silicone mini loaf pan for mine so they’re slightly bigger than the average financier but when they’re this delicious – the bigger the better!
Begin this recipe the day ahead.
Ingredients (makes 12)
Pistachio praline paste
150g caster sugar
150g shelled unsalted, unroasted pistachios
180g unsalted butter
170g icing sugar
80g pistachio meal (I make my own by blitzing unsalted pistachios in a food processor until you reach a sand-like texture)
70g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
120g egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
White chocolate & pistachio whipped ganache
400ml thickened cream
150g white chocolate, chopped
50g pistachio praline paste
Fresh raspberries, halved
Edible gold leaf (optional)
Day before serving:
To make the pistachio praline paste, line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine the sugar, and 50ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil (do not stir at this stage). Once the syrup is boiling, add the pistachios. Stir until the sugar crystallises around the pistachios then continue cooking until the sugar re-melts and caramelises. Remove from the heat and pour onto prepared baking tray. Once cooled, break into shards and blitz in a good processor until it liquefies and forms a paste (it may take up to 15 minutes).
To make the financier batter, cook the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat until it browns (wait until the foam subsides and you have a medium-dark colour). Set aside to cool. Whisk the icing sugar, pistachio meal, flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until combined. Mix in the egg whites and vanilla, then pour in the burnt butter and mix until just combined. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
For the white chocolate & pistachio whipped ganache, put all the ingredients in a small microwave safe bowl and melt in 30-second bursts on medium. Stir to combine, then cover and transfer into the fridge to chill overnight.
Day of serving:
Preheat the oven to 160ºC (approx. 140ºC fan-forced). Spoon the financier batter into the mini loaf pan moulds, filling each approximately one-third full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp at the edges. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then pop them out of the moulds and onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, briefly whisk the chilled ganache mixture until just fluffy. Transfer the whipped ganache to a piping bag fitted with a Wilton #104 petal nozzle and pipe the ganache onto the top of the financiers. Decorate with fresh raspberries, pistachios and gold leaf. Enjoy!
Adapted from ‘Pistachio financiers’ in First, Cream the Butter and Sugar by Emelia Jackson.