One of my life goal is to work my way through every pastry offered at Francois Payard, because everything I've tried there so far has been fantastic. For example, this chocolate financier:
A photograph doesn't do it justice, clearly. Or at least not a photograph taken by me.
This thing was chewy and lightly chocolatey, with a few chocolate chips on the bottom to hammer it home. I don't think I'd ever had a financier before, and I don't know exactly what to compare it to. Sort of brownie texture, but less heavy, perhaps?
The Payard chocolate financier comes in an assorted box:
I'm sure these are all very good, but I did not eat the rest of them, because they are not chocolate.
BOTTOM LINE: Francois Payard is an excellent French bakery. Highly recommended.