Last week my friend Nick emailed me asking how much I wanted a Nutella book. My answer? A LOT! I found it on Amazon, it arrived the next day and flicking through it, I wanted to make everything. The easiest recipe, and one which I knew I had all the ingredients for at home, was for Nutella financiers.
And so I went home that night and made them. They were so quick and easy to make.
70g / 2.5oz / 5tbsp unsalted butter
50g / 1.8oz / ½cup plain/all-purpose flour
130g / 4.6oz / 1cup icing/confectioners sugar
70g / 2.5oz / ¾ cup ground almonds
4 egg whites
50g / 1.8oz / ¼ cup Nutella
Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan) / 400F / Gas mark 6. Then melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat and set aside.
In a bowl, mix together the flour, icing/confectioners sugar and ground almonds. Beat in the egg whites, on at a time, then add the melted butter. Mix well.
Grease financier moulds then half fill each section with the mixture. Add 1tsp of the Nutella to each.
And then cover with the cake mixture. (I slightly over-filled with the Nutella and it meant the chocolate seeped through to the bottom of the sponge. Maybe show some restraint and use a little less than I did. I made a second batch using a little less and they turned out a lot better.)
Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.
Dust with icing sugar and serve.
What you should end up with is a dense yet light sponge with a beautiful hit of Nutella in the middle. I took these into work and was surprised by the reaction they got from my friends. Of all the cakes I take into the office, these got one of the best reactions.
The financiers taste incredible straight out of the oven but obviously you can’t eat them all straight out of the oven (no judgement if you do!) so its an idea to warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds to enjoy them at their best.