After picking up some beautiful Bartlett pears at the farmers market, I looked for a pear recipe in Nicole Rucker's fruit-focused Dappled cookbook and found her "Pear Financiers." The recipe seemed like a great way to use the pears, as well as a good opportunity to use my new USA Pan brownie bite pan. I do own some silicone financier molds but I really dislike baking in silicone.
This recipe comes together quickly and the batter doesn't require any resting time. You mix sugar with flour, almond flour, and salt; add egg whites and honey; slowly stream in cooled browned butter; and beat the batter until it's thick and glossy. I used a #40 scoop to portion out the dough into the cavities of the brownie pan (I had enough batter to make 33 financiers, so I bake two batches seriatim since I only have one 20-cavity pan ) and placed a cube of Bartlett pear in the middle of each financier. I sprinkled the tops of the cakes with sugar before baking.
Recipe: "Pear Financiers" from Dappled by Nicole Rucker.