Blackberry and Lime Financiers

Blackberry and Lime Financiers

Blackberry and Lime FinanciersAfter a relaxing, but brief, holiday break… it is time to get back into the routine of everyday life. I had been resisting it at first, wanting to hang onto the last of lazing afternoons and evenings filled with laughter, spontaneity and birdsong. On returning home though, I was especially eager to get back into the kitchen and bake something. And it didn’t take long to settle on financiers.

Blackberry and Lime FinanciersBlackberry and Lime Financiers

One of the reasons that I adore French baking is not only due to the plethora of decadent sweet treats, but mostly due to the rich backstories that accompany each of the recipes. Some stories may seem extravagant, improbable and highly unlikely… but some stories are very simple too and are fabulous explanations as to the origins of a recipe.

The history of the financiers falls into the latter. A boulanger based in the financial district of Paris wanted to provide his customers, who were mostly financiers, a little sweet patisserie treat that they could eat on the go sans mess. The boulanger is also said to have deliberately shaped the cakes to represent little ingots of gold… another nod to the customers the treats were aimed at. The financier was thus born. Blackberry and Lime Financiers

Blackberry and Lime FinanciersBlackberry and Lime Financiers

The financier is traditionally a light, little almond cake, made up of a base of almond meal, a smidgen of flour, vanilla, egg white and a lot of beurre noisette. All the browned butter in the batter gives these little cakes their crisp edges whilst the almond meal and egg white keeps the interior so incredibly moist and light – much like its cousin, the friand.

Here, the classic financier is updated by the addition of tart blackberries and citric notes of lime juice and zest… which adds just that little extra je ne sais quoi. The result being fragrant, fruity and moist little cakes with ample flavour packed into each small mouthful. They’re quite light, not sweet at all and definitely are worth their weight in gold.

Blackberry and Lime FinanciersBlackberry and Lime Financiers are delicious and surprisingly easy. I deem them perfect enough to be devoured at the breakfast table if baked goods in the morning are more your thing, though I personally prefer mine in the afternoon or nibbles for the late evening… and they are ideal to be accompanied by a strong and milky black tea.

Blackberry and Lime Financiers
Blackberry and Lime Financiers are easy. And miraculously fast. The batter can keep up for three days in the refrigerator so it’s perfect if you need to prepare ahead. Any type of berry can be substituted - but for this recipe I like blackberries, cherries or raspberries. And if you don’t have the classic financier mold – don’t panic… they can be baked into any small cake molds such as muffin or fluted tart tins.
Serves: 8
  • 120 g / 4 .3 oz. unsalted butter, diced
  • 100 g / 3.5 oz. almond meal
  • 25 g / 1 oz. plain flour
  • 100 g / 3.5 oz. icing sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Zest from one lime
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 12 to 16 blackberries
  • Icing sugar to dust
  1. Place the butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat and cook until the butter has foamed and turned golden brown. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine the almond meal, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Add the vanilla extract, lime juice, zest and egg whites and stir well to form a thick paste. Pour in the slightly cooled butter and stir until you have a smooth and uniform batter. Press a sheet of cling film onto the surface of the batter, and then place the batter in a refrigerator to chill, infuse and solidify the butter solids – for at least two hours.
  3. Pre-heat an oven to 200 C / 390 F and lightly grease and flour your chosen moulds. Spoon the batter halfway into the moulds and punctuate with a few blackberries. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the financiers have started to brown at the edges. Leave to cool in their moulds for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, dust with icing sugar before serving. The financiers will keep for up to two days stored in an airtight container.

Blackberry and Lime Financiers


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  • Reply Sophia February 28, 2015 at 7:33 am

    These look and sound gorgeous – blackberry and lime sounds like a wonderful combination. Love the pictures as well, so so stunning!

  • Reply Jared Graves February 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Wow these are amazing! I simply love your recipes, they are so unique. This recipe in particular is a major hit. Thanks

  • Reply Jacqueline {Go Go Go Gourmet} February 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Blackberry and Lime is one of my favorite flavor combinations. I love how beautiful these are Thalia, can’t wait to try them! Pinning for sure.

  • Reply Sarah @ SnixyKitchen February 18, 2015 at 9:07 am

    These are some of the most beautiful financiers I’ve ever seen. The blackberries on top add so much character to them! The lime/blackberry combo sounds unique and so addicting.

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure February 12, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Never tried financiers before, your recipe looks lovely. I have seen a recipe from Sucre book I bought from Laduree but haven’t tried yet.. I think it’s about time.

  • Reply Michelle February 12, 2015 at 4:04 am

    So beautiful! I wish I had one right now!

  • Reply mjskit February 11, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Blackberries in a financiers – looks delicious!! I can taste the juices from the blackberries biting into the cake. So good and quite lovely!

  • Reply Jacquee | I Sugar Coat It! February 10, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    The berry and lime flavour pairing sounds so refreshingly tart! I have similar pans – may have to bring them out to give this a try.

  • Reply Jill @ Sew French February 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Whenever I get in a baking mood, I come here. You’re a true pro! I love financiers and blackberries! I’ll be making these very soon. Thanks for sharing. As usual, gorgeous photos!

  • Reply Pilar-Enmicocinahoy February 10, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I love financiers, for me are the perfect bite with my coffee after lunch. Is the little things!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter February 9, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    What a beautiful story about financiers, I love learning about the history. These look gorgeous and definitely have me thinking of spring and summer! Love the blackberry/lime combo!

  • Reply Bec February 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

    The story.. the pictures.. just YOU! Amazing miss x

  • Reply Andie February 9, 2015 at 4:17 am

    these look delish!

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen February 8, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Wow, these look and sound amazing! I love friands, so I imagine I’d love these – perhaps even more, given the browned butter!

  • Reply Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel February 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    These are so pretty! I love the nuttiness of financiers and this blackberry and lime combo sounds so good!! Perfect!

  • Reply Jocelyn C. February 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Wow! These look great! Love your photography!

  • Reply lindsay February 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    these are beautiful friend! makes me excited for spring and all things easter!!

  • Reply Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate February 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    These look amazing! I have never made financiers but you certainly have inspired me!

  • Reply Maria February 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Your blog is so beautiful! I am so happy I found it 🙂

  • Reply Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble February 7, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I love these! What a beautiful history on this pastry…I never knew that 🙂

  • Reply Elaine @Flavour&Savour February 7, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Wouldn’t these just be gorgeous made with raspberries for Valentine’s Day? Beautiful recipe! Beautiful blog!

  • Reply Sonali- The Foodie Physician February 6, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Simply stunning! The combination of blackberry and lime sounds divine!

  • Reply Thao @ In Good Flavor February 6, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Understated yet beautiful looking treats. Pinning.

  • Reply Oana February 6, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I love how delicate they look. Never tried financiers before, but I’ve seen these tiny pans recently in a store, might have to go back and buy them now. Thank you for inspiration.

  • Reply Jen L | Tartine and apron strings February 6, 2015 at 4:01 am

    I just made financiers myself last weekend. Well, technically, friands. But technically, they are similar to financiers. But I totally get what you are saying about French pastries. I love the fact that there’s a rich story behind each treat! So much history! I’ve also made a blackberry financier a few years ago – and I can attest that the flavours here are great!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina February 5, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I have no idea what financiers are, but I need them in my life right now! And blackberry and lime sound like they would taste amazing together, must try! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Savita @ ChefDeHome February 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Blackberry and Lime Financiers, look so tempting, Thalia! I sure would like to try this easy recipe!

  • Reply Rebecca @ DisplacedHousewife February 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Oh my goodness. Yum. Just yum.

  • Reply mymansbelly February 5, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Financiers are one of my favorite cookies to make. After I took a pastry class in Paris I started tinkering around with different flavorings but I never thought to use fresh fruit. What a cute idea.

  • Reply Ciara (My Fussy Eater) February 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Love the story behind this recipe. I never knew that!

  • Reply Kristen @ The Endless Meal February 5, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I wish I had 2 of these to nibble on with my morning coffee. They look amazing!

  • Reply maci February 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    they’re so pretty, and the flavors sound wonderful! i also never knew the history of financiers, but i love that story! 🙂

  • Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Thalia, one (of the many) things I know I can always get from visiting your beautiful blog. . delicious beautiful recipes and treats! I love financiers and loved reading the history of the financiers!! I love learning about the origin and history of things. . esp food! these are gorgeous and love the blackberries and lime!

  • Reply Maryea {happy healthy mama} February 5, 2015 at 11:36 am

    These are beautiful and I love the story, too!

  • Reply Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting February 5, 2015 at 9:55 am

    These look darling! Love the shapes!

  • Reply The Happy Cooking Friends February 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I’m french and I didn’t know the story of the “financiers” so thank you!! They look delicious!!

  • Reply Jen @ Carlsbad Cravings February 5, 2015 at 6:08 am

    These are so beautiful – and I love the addition of blackberries brightened by the citrus – one of my favorite combos!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout February 5, 2015 at 3:44 am

    I love your pans! They’re so lovely and I love the way the berries look on these 🙂 Beautiful!

  • Reply Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates February 5, 2015 at 3:26 am

    These are beautiful! I have never made financiers but you have inspired me! Yum! Pinned

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 5, 2015 at 2:59 am

    It’s been two years or more since I made financiers but they weren’t as beautiful as these. They tasted really good though. 🙂

  • Reply Analida February 5, 2015 at 1:38 am

    These look so good. Next time I have to bake for my office, I know what I am making. Thanks!!

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish February 5, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Thalia, what a neat story behind these lovely cakes! I adore the whole thing.

  • Reply Monique February 5, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I have to try these!

  • Reply Mary Ann February 5, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Thalia I am glad you had a nice relaxing break, but happy you are back in the kitchen creating some delicous pastries like these Financiers. I love the flavors of blackberry and lime and for me this would definitely be a special breakfast treat!

  • Reply Bonnie February 5, 2015 at 12:06 am

    So beautiful! I love blackberries, so I’ll definitely have to give these a try!

  • Reply Amanda February 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

    These are so beautiful. I love your addition of the berries. I adore french baking for the same reason. Well done!

  • Reply Malinda @countrysidecravings February 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Wow these look so pretty and fancy!! Perfect dessert to impress!!

  • Reply Anusha February 4, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Hey Thalia! You have a beautiful blog out here and your photos are simply stunning . I m in awe of these financiers and only wish I get the moulds where I live so that I can enjoy these. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe

  • Reply Shinee February 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Ah, financiers are on my to-try list for quite some time now! I think this is a nudge I needed. Looks delicious!

  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan February 4, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Loved the story behind the origin of financiers – your description of them and your pictures leave me drooling!

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I love the back story behind these financiers! Makes them feel even fancier and more “French”. The flavors in this sound delicious, I love lime and blackberry together. Your pictures are just gorgeous!

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy February 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    These are so beautiful and blackberry and lime sounds like such a good combination. I have shared on Pinterest too!

  • Reply February 4, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    So beautiful! I want to eat like 10 right now! Pinning!

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment February 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    So, so lovely. I love the molds you’ve used and the blackberry lime combination sounds wonderful with the brown butter. Pinned!

  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits February 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    These financiers just look gorgeous! Blackberry and lime sounds like a lovely combination too!

  • Reply Caitlin February 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    stunning, lady.

  • Reply Oriana Romero February 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    These looks fantastic Thalia!! I never tried financiers before but love all the ingredients in it. I bet they are to die for. Pinned!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes February 4, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    gorgeous as always Thalia! xx

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou February 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Oh wow T, that looks unbelievably delicious!

    • Reply thalia February 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Mike x

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert February 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    You are one incredible baker, Thalia! These look irresistibly stunning! And the blackberry, lime combo is a great one!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery February 4, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    If you ever open a bakery, it will be the most magnificent bakery there ever was. That is all.

    • Reply thalia February 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Sarah xx

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) February 4, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I am totally with you. I love french baking for the beautiful stories behind the dishes and the gorgeous finished products like these. Lovely

  • Reply Alex February 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Love the little bit on the history of financiers! Gorgeous, simple recipe. Keep it up love x

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean February 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Oh these mini cakes are divine! Love the story behind them too, sans mess! LOL! I think what makes these so spectacular, in part, is the almond meal and browned butter. It seems those two ingredients act as a flavor base for so many others to stand on… a support role, if you will, to showcase other flavors such as the blackberry and lime that you’ve included in your recipe; a delicious combination! Beautiful photography, Thaila! Thank you for your inspiration!

    • Reply thalia February 4, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Browned butter and almond meal are delicious in almost everything aren’t they! x

  • Reply Hannah @ Eating with Alice February 4, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Friands are one of my all-time favourite things to eat. A few years back, I was eating them daily – I couldn’t help myself! They are pretty popular in Australia but, I have to say, the best friand I ever had was at The Jane Hotel in NYC (they have a cafe attached to the hotel). It was freshly baked and AMAZING.

    It was so lovely to read a little background on these beautiful little cakes in your post today – though they’re one of my fave things, I never even considered their history! Your recipe looks like my perfect afternoon tea snack!

    xx Hannah

  • Reply Angela February 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

    These look fabulous. I have made financiers before and they are delicious. I also have the Patisserie Made Simple book that you adapted these from.

    There are some wonderful recipes in there.

  • Reply Debs February 4, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I’m in love with the blackberry and lime update to these little financiers. Lovely shape too! I love boat moulds!

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