All-in-one method but using beurre noisette to give a nice nutty aroma. Unsalted butter is melted over low heat and allowed to separate into butterfat and milk solids. It is heated until the milk solids reach a toasty hazelnut color.
Financier is light and moist and contains almond flour. The name is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. The cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding the Paris stock exchange.
In Australia and New Zealand, it is known as Friand and is baked in oval mold and not using beurre noisette.
This is also a memorable cake for me as this is when my love affairs with baking started.