Sesame kumquat financiers + Simply Citrus cookbook giveaway

If you are a fan of financiers and sesame, you are going to LOVE these sesame kumquat financiers. I think I might like these even more than regular financiers. The sesame flavour is fantastic and so great paired with cute orange kumquats. Keep reading to get the recipe, taken from the book Simply Citrus by Marie Asselin (available on Amazon)! 

I have patiently waited almost a full year for Marie Asselin’s book Simply Citrus to come out so that I can share it with you! And the day has finally come. Simply Citrus is available in stores and online (you can now find it on Amazon, for example). I was very lucky to get a sneak peak of most of Marie’s baking recipes because she hired me as a recipe tester.

Simply Citrus has both sweet and savoury recipes (baking and cooking), but I tested only the baking recipes in this book because I love to bake. Duh!

The book is organized into chapters according to citrus fruit type, so more common fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, and mandarins get their own dedicated chapters of recipes, while citrus fruits like grapefruit and pomelo are combined into one. Harder to find kumquat, yuzu, etc. are combined into their own a separate chapter as well.

Mini cupcakes

In the intro, there’s a handy guide to how much juice you can get out of the different types of citrus fruit, which is very useful for those days when you have to shop for enough lemons for a recipe that calls for 1/2 cup lemon juice. No more guessing! The table also lists how much zest you can get from each fruit. That being said, all of Marie’s recipes in her book list the citrus juice/zest by volume and also by number of fruits so there’s no guesswork here!

Pictured in this post are just a few of the recipes I tried from this book. Personal favourites include the coconut lemon bars because I’m a sucker for lemon squares and when you make them with coconut crust: hello, happiness! The bars are on page 32 of the book. The pavlova topped with whipped cream, grapefruit segments and pomegranate (on page 108) makes an elegant dessert that isn’t too difficult. The squash and clementine mini cupcakes (page 91) freeze very well, which is something I tested and appreciated because it meant that I could enjoy a tiny cupcake from the freezer whenever I had a craving, which was often.

Sesame kumquat financiers

Every recipe I tried from Marie’s book Simply Citrus (Amazon) was fun and unique, but I think these sesame kumquat financiers might be my top pick (page 118). You know I am a huge fan of financiers and I love to bake them (tasty examples include kiwi coconut financiers, berry financiers, cranberry chestnut financiers, among others). I tested this sesame kumquat financiers recipe both with and without the kumquats, and of course, the recipe works both ways, but the kumquats are such a treat in these little tea cakes. Don’t be fooled: the kumquats don’t just make a cute little garnish. They add so much flavour, a deeply orange taste because you use the whole fruit, which balances out the sweet sesame in these cakes. I won’t tell you how many I scarfed while typing up this post. So good! Make them and see for yourself!

Simply Citrus cookbook giveaway

Gibbs Smith Books wants to send one of you (with a mailing address in Canada or the US) a copy of Marie Asselin’s awesome book Simply Citrus!

To enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave me a comment below answering the question: what is your favourite thing to make (sweet or savoury) with citrus fruits?
  2. For an added bonus, tweet about the giveaway to your followers: ” There’s a #simplycitrus cookbook giveaway on @ktchnhealssoul! Enter here:”
    Don’t forget to leave me a link to your tweet in a separate comment below!

Giveaway closes Sunday, April 1st, 2018 at 11:59 pm (EST). Winner will be chosen at random using

Sesame kumquat financiers recipe

Sesame kumquat financiers
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Sesame kumquat financiers

This is a super fun twist on financiers! This recipe is flavoured with tahini and chopped kumquats, but feel free to use orange zest! These super flavorful financiers are the perfect treat to serve with afternoon tea.

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 119 kcal
Author Janice


  • 24 kumquats*
  • 58 grams unsalted butter 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3/4 cup almond flour or finely ground almonds
  • 63 grams all-purpose flour 1/2 cup
  • 100 grams granulated sugar 1/2 cup
  • 100 grams brown sugar 1/2 cup firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 5 egg whites freshly separated, or from a carton


  1. Slice off both ends of each kumquat. Thinly slice 6 kumquats, seeding as you go, and set aside. Seed and mince the remaining kumquats, and set aside separately.
  2. Set a rack in the upper third of the oven, and a second rack in the lower third. Preheat to 350°F. Generously grease 2 (12-cup) muffin pans.** Sprinkle with our and tap out the excess. Alternatively, you can line the muffin pans with parchment paper cups.
  3. Warm the butter and tahini together just until the butter is melted. Stir until combined.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond our, all-purpose our, granulated sugar, brown sugar, sesame seeds, and baking powder. Add the egg whites and whisk until fully incorporated and the mixture is thick and sticky. Whisk in the butter-tahini mixture. Fold in the minced kumquats.
  5. Drop 1 tablespoonful of dough into each prepared muffin cup. Arrange a few kumquat slices over each financier. Place the first pan on the upper rack and the second one on the lower rack. Bake for 16 minutes, swapping and rotating the pans halfway through, until the financiers are golden brown around the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Run a sharp knife around each financier and carefully pull them out of the pan. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Financiers are at their very best when freshly baked, but you can refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Return to room temperature before eating.

Recipe Notes

This recipe comes from Simply Citrus by Marie Asselin. You can purchase the book on Amazon.

Please note that the measurements I've listed her in grams are what I used to make this recipe and not from the author's recipe in the book.

** I tested greasing & flouring the pan vs using regular paper liners vs using parchment paper liners and by far, the parchment paper liners worked best for me. You can order parchment liners on Amazon.

Gibbs Smith and Marie Asselin offered me a copy of Simply Citrus, plus the opportunity to host a giveaway. As always, please know that I wouldn’t work with a sponsor nor recommend a product if it wasn’t worth it.

Please note this post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you buy a product I recommend, I will get a small commission, and the price you have to pay will not change in any way.

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14 Responses to Sesame kumquat financiers + Simply Citrus cookbook giveaway

  1. LJ Stubbs March 23, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    This book looks delightful.

    My favourite thing to make with citrus fruits is a lovely lemon pudding cake.

  2. joy March 23, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    I really enjoy making (and eating!) lemon loaf – I am simple girl, who likes simple things! Thanks for the chance – this looks like a beautiful book !!

  3. Lisa March 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    I love that the book includes both number of citrus and the mass/volume! That is so helpful. Although, I usually err on the side of more rather than less. 😉

    My favourite thing to make with citrus fruits are upside down cakes! They look so impressive, especially with blood oranges.

  4. Julia March 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    I loved those Coconut Lemon Bars that you mentioned. I made them twice already. The financiers look and sound delicious also. I am really intrigued by the pairing of sesames and kumquats.

    I saw you mentioned in the acknowledgements of the book also 🙂 really cool.

    PS. Please do not count this comment as an entry to the giveaway. I already have my own copy so I don’t want to take it away from someone else by entering.

  5. Bernice Hill March 23, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

    Not entering the giveaway…I own a copy and it is wonderful!
    I just wanted to say that I came across a good sale on kumquats the other day (how often does one say that phrase?) and I was going to buy some but assumed I wouldn’t be able to find the recipe I had in mind for them. Of course! It was Marie’s book. ugh. Don’t you hate that?!

  6. Terri@foodmeanderings March 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    I love citrus but I am LIME crazy! And am a huge fan of it in sweet or savory. But a few years ago, I created a lime gingerbread square that is my fave. I only make it at Christmas, as making it more often would only spell d-a-n-g-e-r! This cookbook seems right up my alley and I really hope to win it!

  7. Annette March 24, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    My favorite thing to make with citrus is Greek Chicken.

  8. Leanne | Crumb Top Baking March 25, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    I love cooking and baking with citrus, so I definitely need to add this cookbook to my collection. These financiers look amazing, but I’m still drooling over those coconut lemon bars you mentioned! They sound incredible and perfect for the spring baking season!

  9. Kristine March 29, 2018 at 11:10 pm #

    Thru my childhood, my dad would make an orange chiffon cake for birthdays and just the memory brings a smile to my face. I have his recipe and I cannot make it as good as his!!!

  10. Nadia Murray March 30, 2018 at 8:20 am #

    I love citrus, especially lemons, in both sweet and savory dishes, so it is a hard choice. Luckily, here in California we can grow them so I almost always have them available. If I had to choose one it would be lemon bars, with lemon pound cake a close second. I have many citrus cookbooks and would love to add this one to my collection!
    PS I have an abundance of kumquats right now and will be making the financiers.

  11. Christine Victorsen March 30, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

    Lemon Bars are my favorite citrus baked good!

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