Here’s a little treat that, thanks to our friends on Wall Street, may have gotten a bad name – but doesn’t deserve it. Called a Financier, it is actually a little cake, similar to sponge cake but denser and more moist, and really delicious.
Our version contains not only the rich almond taste that this dessert traditionally contains, but also the sweet spiciness of a good masala chai.
Kama Chai Sutra Financier
2 Tbsp blanched almonds
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp cake flour
1 1/2 Tbsp kama chai sutra, finely ground
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg whites
1/2 cup warm browned butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour an 8″ cake pan. Place the almonds and 2 Tbsp of the sugar in a spice grinder and process in short pulses until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl.
Add the remaining sugar, cake flour, tea leaves and salt and stir until blended. Add the egg whites and vanilla, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour in the butter and beat for 2 minutes more.
Let stand for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 week in the refrigerator (in which case, the batter should be brought to room temperature and stirred before proceeding). Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning out of pan to finish cooling.