Friday, March 18, 2011

Lemon financiers

Lemon financiers / Financiers de limão siciliano

I realized something a good while ago: I bake when I’m happy, and I bake when I’m sad.

If something bothers me, or if people let me down, I bake – or feel the urge to. If I am glad about something, or someone I like deserves a treat, I bake, too. :)

These financiers were baked on a very happy day: I was going to meet four lovely, gorgeous, fantastic women, who I am very lucky to call my friends. Therefore I baked something – and it was lemony, of course. ;)

Lemon financiers
adapted from Little Cafe Cakes

175g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup (100g) ground almonds
6 egg whites, lightly beaten
finely grated zest of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ cups (210g) icing sugar, sifted
½ cup (70g) all purpose flour, sifted

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F. Butter well twelve 1/3-cup (80ml) capacity muffin pans.
Place the butter, ground almonds, egg whites, lemon zest and juice, icing sugar and flour in a large bowl and stir just until combined.
Equally divide the batter among prepared pans – they should be just over ½ full.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and risen and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to stand in pans for 5 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack.

Makes 12


cocoa and coconut said...

I love financiers/friands! Yours looks so pretty and golden. Thanks for sharing.

Priya Suresh said...

Cute and wonderful looking financiers..

pam said...

I learn so much from you. I've never even heard of a financier.

lucy said...

l prepared this financier and my fiancee really loved it and want me to do it for him every morning as his breakfast.thanks for sharing

Restaurante Valerie said...

Well those women are soo lucky!
You remember me, i also bake when i am happy, sad, or when i feel like someone needs a treat, i always want to bake and i am the baker of the familly, if someone needs a cake or something, i am the first one proposing myself!


Lisa H. said...

Its beautiful and love the zesty lemon flavour :D
Now I know why you suddenly vanished in my twitter list... following you again :D

mari said...

I love lemons, too. I wonder why these are called financiers? I've never thought about my mood when I bake. I just enjoy it so much because I focus on nothing but the process. It's like a meditation. Happy weekend.

maggie said...

Looks so tasty and yummy. I love anything with lemons in it and have to try your recipe.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I've always wanted to try financiers! Lemon is such a wonderful flavor and helps make everything brighter and yummier. I'm sure these are a delight!

Jessica Shivers said...

These, like all your posts are so pretty! I love all the polka dots, and that pink bowl. Where do you find all the beautiful bowls and servers?

Patricia Scarpin said...

Brittany, thank you!

Priya, thank you!

Pam, you are too sweet, my dear!

Lucy, I am so glad to hear you liked the recipe! Thank you for letting me know how it turned out!

Valerie, you are far too kind, sweetie! Thank you!
I volunteer every time someone needs a birthday cake or something. ;)

Lisa, thank you for stopping by! Thank you for following me again! ;)

Mari, there's something here: I agree that focusing on the recipe makes us forget about the problems, even if it's for a little while. :)

Maggie, thank you! I love anything with lemon, too! :D

Xiaolu, I am sure your financiers will be amazing, sweetie!

Charlie and Jessica, thank you! You are far too kind. Some of the props I bought here in Brazil, others in London, some came from Australia... :)

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Andrea said...

I love financiers and I've never tried lemon ones. Well, I must do something about that very soon. :)
I bet they're wonderful and refreshing. :)

hanushi said...

Hi Patricia, I have baked these lovely cakes and have posted them on my blog, linking to yours! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! :)

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