Grapefruit, Almonds and Brown Butter

Gluten Free Grapefruit Financiers

A couple of days ago, I started thinking about what to make next. I wanted to make something gluten free. My friend Jill gave me a recipe for gluten free croissants that she found in a magazine last summer. I started reading through it but I had a lot of questions about the method, the ingredients. So I kept thinking… “Financiers! That’s it!”. The main ingredients are almond flour and egg whites and only a little bit of wheat flour which can be easily substituted by rice flour. Besides, any excuse to impregnate the kitchen with the smell of brown butter is good, right?

We are in the middle of citrus season here in Florida so the store is full of organic grapefruits which are hard to find all year around. Grapefruit and nuts, can’t beat that. I think pistachio flour would also work perfectly here and it’s available through Pastry Chef Central .

Financiers are simple to make, stay moist for a few days and are the perfect snack. They won’t sit long on my kitchen counter, that’s for sure!


Gluten Free Grapefruit Financiers

120 grams organic egg whites
125 grams sugar
55 grams rice flour
55 grams almond flour, toasted
150 grams organic brown butter
Half organic grapefruit, segmented

Place butter in a small saucepan and cook it until it starts to turn brown and starts to smell nutty. Strain it into a bowl and let it cool. In the meantime, toast the almond flour in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Let it cool.

In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites, sugar, rice flour, toasted almond flour and brown butter. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. The batter will harden in the refrigerator.

Pipe the financier batter into your mold and top with a grapefruit segment. Bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown.


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18 Responses to “Grapefruit, Almonds and Brown Butter”

  1. Ann says:

    Wow… those look really wonderful. I love the stained glass effect!

  2. OMG! I think I just gained ten pounds just looking at all the incredible things you have made lately. Your treats are always so beautiful!

  3. Irene says:

    How beautiful! Love the combination of grapefruit and almonds.

  4. those look great! i agree on the aroma of butter!!!

  5. B says:

    Once again, a big surprise for a dessert illiterate like me! Had never heard of “financiers” as a dessert, just as “people deadling with money and investments” but in French! Maybe Arantza, that’s just the beginning of a come-back to your management career! Kidding! Your desserts are far too good as to waste your talent on that + I need to keep learning about desserts. One question: Not a huge fun of grapefruit. Any suggestion about any other fruit that could go well? Does it need to be citric (I mean, for the combiantion of flavours)?

  6. Riana says:

    beautiful. and I love your cake stand :)

  7. Aran says:

    Thank you everyone for the kind words.

    B- You can use any fruit you like, raspberries, oranges, clementines, strawberries, poached pears… Anything. That’s the beauty of financiers!

  8. The flavor of browned butter has to be one of my favorites…it is totally addicting just like these look!

  9. Cakespy says:

    Oh, how perfect! I love the thought of that tart citrus flavor, anchored by the gorgeously buttery cookie. Once again you’ve made me exceedingly glad I visited! :-)

  10. Wish I could have one! I have never tried a financier and I absolutely love the idea of tart grapefruit with it!

  11. I LOVE Grapefuit, but it’s so hard to cook/bake them into things. These look amazing.

    Great going.

  12. Grapefruit, almonds, and brown butter. sounds **Amazing**

  13. Jiyoung says:

    I like grape fruit so much;)
    This is good recipe for me!!

  14. I can almost taste the lovely almond texture and the tartness of the grapefruit, gorgoeus. Also have emailed that website you mentioned so see if they deliver internationally, finger crossed!

  15. Tartelette says:

    My problem with fincanciers is that I always have to make two batches because I know I am going to eat a half dozen by myself!!
    They look wonderful!

  16. Anis says:

    Aran please I would like to Know which kind of mold is used for these financiers is it tartelette mold? Thanks

  17. Anis- that is a silicon mold with muffin size cavities. I just piped some of the financier batter into them. Thanks.

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