Pistachio, Saffron & Rose Financiers

September 17, 2014
Food,Recipes

Saffron is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with, but I’ve always used it in savory recipes. When Todd made badam milk using saffron, it inspired me to use it in a dessert. I just love what the saffron does to these pistachio financiers, which are typically made with ground almonds. But the subtle honey rose water glaze is really what does it for me– just enough aroma on the nose to make the whole thing come together. I decorated these with candied rose petals for fun because they’re so beautiful, but of course you can serve the financiers on their own.

Saffron pistachio rose financiers | HonestlyYUM

The classic financier comes in a rectangle shape but I used 3 1/2 inch brioche molds. You can also use mini muffin tins, but just know that the baking time will be shorter in a shallower pan.

Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees with the rack in the middle. Start by browning the butter in a shallow pan over medium heat. Keep the butter swirling around until the butter begins to smell caramelized and begins to turn tan. Keep your eye on the butter the whole time and keep swirling the butter around in the pan because it can burn quickly. Once the butter turns a deep brown, remove the pan from the heat and pour into a bowl to prevent from further cooking.

Butter and sugar

Ground the pistachio nuggets in a food processor until finely ground. Repeat with almonds. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, finely ground pistachio and almonds, saffron, and flour and stir to combine. Add the egg whites and whisk the mixture together until combined. Pour the butter in stirring until combined.

Batter

Grease the molds with butter and lightly dust with flour, tapping out the excess flour. Pour batter into molds and sprinkle chopped pistachios over them. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges just start to tan and the tops are springy.

Rose petals

To make candied rose petals, beat an egg white in a bowl and brush both sides of the petal with a thin layer of egg white and sprinkle both sides with sugar.

Candied rose petals

Allow the petals to dry completely on a rack. They will become hard and brittle.

Candied rose petals

Remove the financiers from the oven. Melt the honey, a splash of water and rose water in a small bowl in the microwave or over the stove.

Pistachio financiers

Brush the tops of the financiers with a layer of the honey rose water.

Pistachio financiers

Top with the decorative candied rose petals.

Pistachio rose saffron financiers | HonestlyYUM

And enjoy!

Pistachio saffron rose financiers | HonestlyYUM

PISTACHIO, SAFFRON & ROSE FINANCIERS

Ingredients:

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, plus more for greasing molds
  • 2/3 of all purpose flour, plus more for dusting molds
  • 1/4 cup of finely ground raw almonds
  • 3/4 cup of finely ground raw pistachios
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 small pinches of saffron, about 25 threads of saffron
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of rose water
  • unsprayed roses
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • granulated sugar fro dusting

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees with the rack placed in the middle.
  • Start browning the butter in a shallow pan over medium heat. Keep the butter swirling around until the butter begins to smell caramelized and begins to turn tan. Once the butter turns a deep brown, remove the pan from the heat and pour into a separate small bowl.
  • Ground the pistachio nuggets in a food processor until finely ground. Repeat with almonds.
  • In a medium bowl, combine sugar, finely ground pistachio and almonds, and flour and stir to combine. Add the egg whites and whisk the mixture together until smooth. Pour the browned butter in stirring until combined.
  • Grease the molds with butter and lightly dust with flour, tapping out the excess flour.
  • Pour batter into molds and sprinkle chopped pistachios over them. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges just start to tan and the tops are springy.
  • To make candied rose petals, beat an egg white in a bowl and brush both sides of the petal with a thin layer of egg white and sprinkle both sides with sugar.
  • Allow to dry completely so the rose petals are hardened and brittle.
  • Remove the financiers from the oven. Melt the honey, splash of water and rose water in a small bowl in the microwave or over the stove.
  • Brush the tops of the financiers with a layer of the honey rose water.
  • Top with decorative candied rose petals.

(images by HonestlyYUM)

Conversation

These look delicious! I was wondering how much batter to pour into each mould?

Thanks! Pour just a little less than to the top of the moulds. They will rise quite a bit.

These look amazing and I love the idea of candied rose petals. They add a little whimsy 🙂
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These are the prettiest financiers I’ve ever seen! You had me at pistachio! I really love the flavors going on here…so awesome.

Wow, these are so pretty!! I have never made financers, but I have the mold! Cannot wait to find the time to give these a try!

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