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Chef’s Recipe : Chocolate Financier from the patisserie team at Ormer, Mayfair

27th Jun 2019

Chocolate cake always gets a warm welcome whatever the weather and this chocolate financier will not disappoint. Currently served in The Drawing Room at Flemings as part of their afternoon tea offering, but prepared by Head Chef Kerth Gumbs and his pastry team at Ormer Mayfair. The cake is pictured along with some of the other delicacies served for afternoon tea.

Chocolate Financier  –  serves 6 people


  • 155g butter
  • 184g sifted icing sugar
  • 64g almond flour
  • 43g pastry flour
  • 21g cocoa powder
  • 155g egg white
  • 1 pod vanilla
  • 10g salt

Brown the butter, stirring constantly to prevent the milk solids from burning. Set aside to cool down.
Line tray with paper.
Make a soft meringue with the egg whites, icing sugar, vanilla, and salt by beating the ingredients on medium speed. Note, add the sugar in 3 stages (not all at once).
Sift the cocoa powder and flour together then whisk the almond flour in.
Fold the dry ingredients above into the meringue with a spatula.
Add the butter at room temperature and mix well.
Bake at 175˚C for 10-12 minutes or until done. Check with a toothpick.
This chocolate financier is served with a passion fruit ganache.

Passion Fruit Ganache Ingredients:

  • 200g passion fruit purée
  • 35g honey
  • 480g milk chocolate
  • 90g butter

1. Bring the passion fruit and honey to a boil.
2. Pour over the milk chocolate in three stages, mixing well with a spatula.
3. Then add the butter and blend.
This passion fruit ganache is versatile and can be used with a variety of pastries. At Flemings Mayfair, it is piped on to the chocolate financier cakes that are served with our afternoon tea.
You can also freeze any leftover ganache, should you wish to use it at a later stage.

Alternatively, try some of Head Chef Kerth Gumbs other creations by booking a table at Ormer, Mayfair for lunch or dinner where Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne when dining from the a la carte and tasting menus. See details.

Simply download the Luxury Restaurant Guide FREE APP HERE and follow steps to join club.

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Ormer, Flemings Mayfair Hotel, 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BH

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