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Apricot Financiers

These Apricot Financiers are full of moist almond flavor and topped with thin slices of fresh, tangy apricot.

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Brush 12 muffin cups in a standard-size muffin tin with melted butter, coating bottom and sides of each cup. Place the muffin tin in the freezer, allowing the butter to solidify again, until ready to fill and bake.
  2. Place the cut butter in a heavy-duty pan over medium-low heat and allow to melt, whisking frequently as butter foams, develops a nutty aroma, and turns golden brown, with small brown specks forming on the bottom of the pan.*** As soon as the butter gets to this point, remove from heat and place on a cool surface for 5 minutes. Whisk in almond extract.
  3. While butter is cooling, combine sifted ground almonds/almond meal, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir together on lowest speed just until evenly combined. Add egg whites and mix in, again on lowest speed, just until evenly combined.
  4. Pour the browned butter into the mixer, including the brown specks at the bottom, and mix in at second speed until all ingredients are smooth and evenly combined.
  5. Divide the batter equally among the 12 prepared muffin cups (each should be filled about halfway). Arrange apricot slices carefully on top.
  6. Bake the financiers for 7 minutes, at which point they should have risen and puffed up. Reduce the heat to 400 F and bake for an additional 7 minutes, so that the financiers are turning golden on the edges and firming up on top. Finally, turn off the oven and leave the financiers in for about 7 more minutes, until they are firm and spring back to the touch.
  7. Remove the financiers from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy immediately, storing leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

*You should be able to substitute all-purpose flour for the rice flour, although the financiers will no longer be gluten-free.

**To make the granulated sugar finer in consistency, simply grind in a coffee/spice grinder for about 10 seconds, until fine but not powdery.

***It’s easier to use a lighter-colored pan when browning butter so you can see these dark specks, but if you don’t have one, scoop a bit onto a white spatula to check.