Financiers are small, usually rectangular shaped, French tea cakes. They are light and moistwitha very delicate almond flavour. They are made with butter that is allowed to brown slightly over a medium heat and have either ground almonds or flaked almonds in the batter. Financiers contain no egg yolks and usually vanilla is added, but flavours like orange or lemon can also be added.
Theories behind the name financier are that it could be due to their traditional rectangular shape, which resemble a bar of gold, and it is said that the cake became popular in the financial district surrounding the Paris stock exchange.
Today, financiers are baked in many shapes and sizes, but the incredibly decadent, buttery taste remain unchanged.