Gluten free financiers topped with strawberry-rhubarb preserves and fresh strawberries are a great baking project for a rainy spring day. They’re great for everyday snacking or for events like bridal showers!
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Remember when I said I went to four different stores looking for rhubarb last weekend? It was for these strawberry-rhubarb financiers. Once I got the idea to make them into my head, I couldn’t give it up.
Unfortunately, I did have to give up on my search for fresh rhubarb – I think it’s just too early in the season still. It turned out ok though because a jar of strawberry-rhubarb preserves made an excellent stand-in and was easier to deal with. These financiers were even more delicious than I hoped they’d be! (Plus I have a ton of preserves left over to use on homemade crumpets or in baked oatmeal cups.)
Although my grocery escapades didn’t go quite as planned, I still had a fantastic shopping weekend. Boscov’s was holding their semi-annual VIP event so I swung by the Colonie Center location to check it out. The event is described as “Black Friday for housewares” and they weren’t kidding! You might have seen on my instagram stories that the store was packed with brand representatives, demos, and samples – and some of the best deals on housewares I’ve seen.
I scooped up this gorgeous silver Kitchen Aid mixer, along with a glass bowl, for less than the mixer itself would usually cost. It looks so pretty sitting on my counter, and I’m really excited about having an extra bowl to use with it. I’ve been doing a lot more baking lately now that I’ve been experimenting with gluten free and paleo recipes, so I foresee this mixer getting a ton of use. I also ordered the spiralizer attachment from the Boscov’s website because sweet potato noodles without the arm workout seemed like too good a deal to pass up.
I also bought a few smaller items like a double burner griddle that I’ve wanted for ages, some cabinet organizers, and a new trash can. I’ve also made notes in my planner to keep an eye out for their next sale! There were awesome deals on things like air fryers and instant pots that would make great gifts. Of course, they have great deals throughout the year, so you don’t need to wait for another VIP event to get some great deals (I also love swinging by whenever I can because they have a candy department where you can buy pralines and fudge by the pound. It’s so old school I love it!)
I was excited to break the Kitchen Aid in as soon as I got it home, and these gluten-free financiers were the perfect way to do it. Financiers are small French cakes with a crisp exterior and a moist center, similar to a madeleine. They remind me of a cross between a cookie and a cake. They’re usually made in a special rectangular shaped mold, but a plain old muffin tin works just as well.
Since financiers are typically made with a predominantly nut flour base, it wasn’t difficult at all to adapt them to be gluten-free. I just swapped out the wheat flour for an all-purpose paleo blend. Since the amount of flour in financiers is so small, it was easy to just do a one for one swap.
I topped the cakes with a dollop of strawberry-rhubarb preserves and some chopped fresh strawberries. I really like the contrast of both the sweet-tart and jammy-fresh flavors. Using strawberry-rhubarb preserves instead of just strawberry gives them a deeper, more nuanced flavor that works really well. Tart cherry preserves would also work really well.
- 1 stick (8 Tbs) butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 lemon, zested
- 1 cup finely ground almond flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose paleo flour (I used Trader Joe's)
- 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 cup strawberry-rhubarb preserves
- 1/8 cup finely chopped strawberries (about 5 large)
Heat your oven to 350ºF. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with butter or nonstick spray.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Cook several minutes, until the butter foams and turns light brown. Remove from heat and let cool.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, egg whites, almond extract, and lemon zest until smooth. Slowly mix in the flours and salt, then stir in the browned butter and sliced almonds.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin - each cup should be about half full. Top each financier with 1/2 teaspoon preserved and chopped strawberries.
Bake 25-20 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the tops are set.
Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
White sugar gives these financiers gorgeous browned sides and pale tops, but you can substitute coconut flour if you prefer something less refined.