DARK CHOCOLATE FINANCIERS, CITRUS STREUSEL, AND CANDIED ORANGES
Category: Cakes and Tarts
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Total Time: 55 min
Dark Chocolate Financiers:
2 cups ground almonds
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 ¾ tablespoon VALRHONA COCOA POWDER
9 ea egg whites
5 tbsp heavy cream
1.76 ounces GUANAJA 70% BAKING BAR
Citrus Almond Streusel:
3 ½ tbsp raw cane sugar
½ cup ground almonds
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp butter
½ orange zest
½ lemon zest
8.47ounces candied orange peel
Dark Chocolate Financier:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the ground almonds, sugar, cornstarch, and VALRHONA COCOA POWDER.
- Stir in the egg whites and cream. Set aside.
- Chop the Valrhona Baking Dark Chocolate and melt it slowly in a bain-marie or in a microwave in 30 seconds intervals until melted (see our "How to temper" tips)
- Pour a bit of the sponge batter into the melted hot chocolate, vigorously whisking the mixture. Then carefully fold in the remaining financier batter.
- Set aside in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, ground almonds, flour, and the finely chopped lemon and orange zest.
- Cut the cold butter into small cubes and put them in the mixing bowl.
- Knead the ingredients through your fingers until the dough becomes crumbly and lumpy.
- Spread out the streusel on a tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Bake at 300-320°F (148-160ºC) (th. 5/6) for about 10 minutes until a nice golden brown color is achieved.
Assembly & Finishing:
*Pastry Chef's Tip: In order to keep the streusel and orange peel stable on the surface, first bake the financier cakes plain for 4 minutes and then sprinkle the streusel and orange peel on top.
- Garnish the molds with the financier batter and sprinkle with candied orange peel cubes and baked streusel.
- Bake at 350°F (176ºC) for about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow cooling before removing from the molds.
Finish baking for another 10 minutes.
Good to know:
- Silicon molds don't usually need to be buttered; however, if the cakes get stuck in the molds, allow the molds to cool, and then remove them. Or set them aside in the freezer until they harden.