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.
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.
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
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Sesame kumquat financiers recipe
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Warm the butter and tahini together just until the butter is melted. Stir until combined.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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