Brown Butter Financier Fruitcake

Recipe courtesy of Fred Isla
Show: Cake Wars Episode: Christmas: Santa's New Ride
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 10 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 16 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

BROWN BUTTER FINANCIERS:
  • 50 grams (1 3/4 ounces) dried apricots
  • 50 grams (1 3/4 ounces) dried blueberries
  • 50 grams (1 3/4 ounces) dried cherries
  • 50 grams (1 3/4 ounces) dried cranberries
  • 50 grams (1 3/4 ounces) candied orange rind
  • 750 grams (26 1/2 ounces) orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1100 grams (38 3/4 ounces) butter
  • 1000 grams (35 1/4 ounces) almond flour
  • 650 grams (23 ounces) egg whites
  • 210 grams (7 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) confectioners' sugar
    GRAND MARNIER GLAZE:
    • 500 grams (17 2/3 ounces) orange juice
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    Directions

    Special equipment: financier molds

    For the financiers: In a medium bowl, add the apricots, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, orange rind and liqueur. Set aside to rehydrate the fruit.

    In a pot, melt the butter until browned and aromatic. Drain the hydrated fruit and reserve the hydrating liquid for a later use. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the fruit, brown butter, almond flour, egg whites, all-purpose flour and confectioners' sugar until fully incorporated. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

    Transfer the batter to a pastry bag and pipe into the financier molds. Bake until golden brown, 10 minutes.

    For the glaze: In a pot, add the orange juice, sugar and 500 grams (17 2/3 ounces) of the reserved hydrating liquid. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Dip the financier cakes in the warm glaze, and then serve.
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