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Berry financiers

Berry financiers two ways, blueberry coconut financiers and raspberry almond financiers

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Berry financiersI can’t help but feel a little bittersweet when I spy raspberries alongside the tiny Quebec wild blueberries at every market stand. It reminds me that summer is short, and the berry season even shorter. They are always the last of the berries to arrive at the markets. The blueberries are the signal for me that the summer will be over before I know it. And when I see the raspberries, I know the blueberries aren’t far behind. The feeling makes me buy more of everything that  the summer markets have to offer because I, longingly, want the season to go on forever, even if it can’t. I feel the need to gobble up every ounce of the summer season before it slips between my fingertips.

 

Raspberry financiersThe thought of summer slipping away gives me all kinds of anxiety. Winters have been increasingly brutal, and I’ve been less and less tolerant of our cold seasons, not for lack of trying. I’m tired of frozen toes, and while layering up for fall can be cute and fun, having to put on all the bulky clothes for winter is downright exhausting. Every winter, I contemplate moving somewhere warmer, or at least some place where the temperatures aren’t so extreme. By the end of summer, I realize I’m still exactly where I was the year before, already fretting over the cold, dark months of the winter ahead. Yet, in the end, I do nothing to fix the situation. If winter distresses me so much, how come I don’t take a stand and walk away? This question plagues me when I realize summer, the summer that only just began, is quickly coming to a close.

 

Basket of berry financiersSo I stuff my face with berries, and I make lists of the things I need to make with them. I bake those recipes and I stuff my face with all the berry-filled baked goods I can. I put berries on my yogurt with granola for breakfast, and I have bowls of berries with pistachios or pecans for an afternoon snack. I toss berries into a bountiful lunch salad, and I transform the leftover berries into a jam of some sort for my morning’s buttered toast. I regret none of it.

 

FinanciersBerry financiers have been on my to-bake list for a long time. I love financiers,  but for some reason, I never get around to making them myself. I developed this recipe with the hope that it could be made with either ground almonds or finely shredded coconut. I’ve decided they taste better when they have cooled completely, and actually, I love them more the next day, but maybe that’s just me. The raspberries bake into sweet little heart shapes, so even though they remind me that summer is terribly short, I can’t stay mad at them for long. And if you don’t love berries, try these kiwi coconut financiers. Or if you need a gluten-free recipe, try these pistachio financiers or cranberry chestnut financiers.

 Berry financiers

Financiers
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Berry financiers

Financiers are a lovely sweet treat to serve with afternoon tea or a hot cup of coffee. I like to add a few summer berries to financiers which pairs well with these nutty cakes. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 122 kcal
Author Janice

Ingredients

  • 115 g Stirling Creamery unsalted butter 1/2 cup
  • 100 g granulated sugar 1/2 cup
  • 63 g all-purpose flour 1/2 cup
  • 63 g ground almonds OR finely shredded unsweetened coconut 3/4 cup
  • 90 g egg whites from 3 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 16 raspberries OR 48 blueberries

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat to brown it (the milk solids brown at the bottom and release a nutty scent). Transfer to a small bowl and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, flour and ground almond OR shredded coconut.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until they form a thick froth.
  4. Dump the egg whites over the dry ingredients and whisk them in to incorporate.
  5. Add the browned butter and mix again until everything is just combined.
  6. Cover the batter with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  8. Divide the batter among 16 cups of a mini muffin pan (similar to this pan on Amazon) that has been greased and floured OR a silicone financier pan, like this silicone pan on Amazon (ungreased). Top with berries.

  9. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until the edges turn golden brown.
  10. Transfer to a rack to cool after a minute.

Recipe Notes

 

 

I do my best to bake with the finest ingredients. Stirling Creamery, a Canadian company, has provided the butter for this post.

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11 Responses to Berry financiers

  1. Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers August 11, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Beautiful! Financiers are still on my baking bucket list. I’m saving your recipe for when I finally get to them 🙂

  2. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) August 13, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    Financiers are one of my favourite tea time treats. LOVE them with berries!

    • Janice August 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Me too! I love them plain, but I love them even more with berries 😉

  3. Carrie Pacini August 13, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    These financiers are super cute!

    • Janice August 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

  4. Diane {Created by Diane} August 24, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    These are GORGEOUS, I love everything about them!

    • Janice August 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Thanks, Diane!

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