I had this idea in my head for a while. I wanted to combine the chocolate and blackberries with a spice beneficial mostly for pork and poultry – juniper berries. For me, it seemed like a nice match, especially with earthy blackberries. I picked the last berries from the bushes in the backyard and put this strange idea of mine to life in the form of the chocolate financiers. The taste was quite interesting, in a good way :) Simply put, the financiers were not just edible but also enjoyable.
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp finely ground juniper berries
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup ground almonds
- 3 large egg whites
- Blackberries, 2 per each mold (about a scant cup), fresh or frozen (don’t defrost if frozen)
Butter 6 rectangle financier molds (don’t grease the molds if they are silicone ones). Set aside.
Over a small bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, ground juniper, and salt. Set aside.
Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook the butter until it is medium brown and has a nutty aroma, 5-6 minutes. Do not allow to burn. Remove from the heat. Set aside to cool slightly. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and almond flour together, stir well. Add the egg whites stirring. Place the saucepan over low heat and, stirring continuously, heat until the mixture is hot to the touch and runny, about 4-5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the flour mixture. Then gradually stir in the brown butter. Spoon or pipe the batter into the prepared molds filling them just below the rim. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days. You can also refrigerate the batter in a bowl, and later divide the chilled batter between the molds. But I found it’s easier to do while the batter is in its liquid form.
When ready to bake center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 400F. Press two blackberries into the top of each financier (it’s easier if the berries are frozen; don’t push too hard onto the fresh ones). Do not entirely submerge the berries. Bake the financiers for about 15 minutes, until they are puffed and a cake tester inserted into a center comes out clean. Remove them from the oven, unmold immediately. Cool completely on the wire rack. They are the best the day they are baked.
October 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm
The financiers looks absolutely delicious! And the way you present them and package them… perfection!
September 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm
Thanks for your comment on my Oreo Turkeys!
Kids with nut allergies??? That must be hard!
September 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm
Thank you, Helen!
September 23, 2008 at 11:37 pm
Gorgeous Vera!! I love the flavors you chose!
September 23, 2008 at 2:20 pm
Melody, thank you very much!
September 22, 2008 at 8:50 pm
Your photos are soooo cute! I love the way you presented these little beauties!
September 21, 2008 at 10:22 pm
Natalie, thank you very much! The molds are not totally necessary. They can be baked in a muffin pan.
Miri, thank you so much for the complement!
Camille, thank you! I liked them more with my coffee :)
Kim, thank you very much! You are too kind!
Latifa, thank you very much! I’m so flattered!
Natasha, thank you!
Jacque, the berries have this hint :) But in moderation it’s not overwhelming.
Thank you, thank you for the award! I’m deeply touched and feel truly honored! I appreciate it very much, Jacque! Thank you!
September 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm
How interesting! I can’t help but wonder if the juniper berries have a hint of piney taste to them. They look beautiful… so perfect and rectangular :)
P.S. I gave you an award, you can find it at my site. Honestly, if you chose not to display it, I don’t mind one bit. Just wanted you to know that I really appreciate your blog.
September 21, 2008 at 12:33 pm
They look so perfect!
September 20, 2008 at 1:30 pm
i also did not taste them before, but your photos and the combination looks delicious.
you are a very talented person indeed. GOOD JOB!
September 20, 2008 at 6:14 am
Vera- they look absolutely adorable. I have yet to have a blackberry this season and have yet to have a Financier. It is about time I did something about them both! You are amazing!!!
September 20, 2008 at 3:28 am
Fantastic photo and adorable presentation! These look like they would be perfect for a tea party.
September 20, 2008 at 2:22 am
Dear Vera, your photographs amaze me every time! The financiers are simply gorgeous and the combo indeed sounds interesting!
September 19, 2008 at 11:28 pm
these look so moist and delicious. And there s cocoa and almonds which are my favourites. I really like the molds. I ll try to find them and buy them. Your pics are marvellousas always. :-)
September 19, 2008 at 10:32 pm
Anamika, thank you very much!
Christy, I can’t say it’s dry over here :) In Vancouver it rains about 9 months a year. But I’ll be very glad if you move closer :)
Please, don’t apologize! I’m happy to hear you’ve found a new job. And I wish you the best vacation ever! You certainly deserve it.
Thank you very much for the compliment. Christy, you always leave such lovely comments. Thank you!
September 19, 2008 at 6:50 pm
You mean that berries grow in your back yard? You are so lucky!! It’s so dry over where I live nothing but dry, hardy plants survive. I want to move…
I apologize for being tardy in commenting on this post.I’ve had work and assignments to take care of and am in the midst of preparing for my vacation next week. Sigh, the stress that comes before the relaxation!
Beautiful financiers, and as always with whatever you make, they always turn out superb and immaculate!
September 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm
i admire your innovation and giving life to your thought..this combination of juniper berries along with chocoilate and blackberies is great and you have presented a lovely picture post.
September 19, 2008 at 1:23 pm
Gabriela, don’t feel jealous! These bushes are the most aggressive weeds I know. They are trying to get over the entire backyard :) And thank you!
Adelina, thank you very much!
September 19, 2008 at 10:35 am
These financiers are definitely good looking bars of “gold”!
September 19, 2008 at 10:34 am
I don’t know if I am more jealous of the blackberry bush in your backyard, or the deliciousness of this post.
September 19, 2008 at 10:02 am
Fanny, thank you very much! I’m flattered :)
Cate, thank you very much for your kind words!
Tanya, thank you! Financiers are like a cross between a cake and cookies; they are little moist cakey cookies :)
Rita, thank you very much! I love juniper berries, the key is not to overdo it :)
Marija, thank you so much!
Foodie Froggy, thank you! The junipers berries are used to flavor gin :)
Aran, thank you! Juniper ice cream sounds very intriguing.
Eileen, thank you very much!
Y, thank you! I love all your creations, I’m sure this one wouldn’t be an exception :)
Laurie, thank you very much! My kid (I have only one :) does like the berry-picking.
Meeta, thank you so much! The juniper berries are not a deficit here. Let me know if you want some :)
Leonor, thank you very much for your words!
Lisa, thank you very much! I’ll be happy if you give them a try :)
Sophie, thanks a lot! They are rich, with all these nuts and butter :)
Jude, thank you! You don’t really need a financier mold, mini muffin pan works great too.
Grace, thank you so much! You’ve made my day :)
Graeme, I’m so glad that you are glad :) Thank you.
I think chocolate and juniper is a bit unusual combo but palatable.
Anita, thank you very much! I think they are a nice match :)
Alexa, thank you! It’s getting difficult to make a nice shot, there’s not enough of sun light, everything is so grey around :(
September 19, 2008 at 9:37 am
What a great recipe.! Gorgeous pictures… As well as lovely flavors.
September 19, 2008 at 9:27 am
I love the idea of juniper and blackberries! And the shots are so tempting!
September 19, 2008 at 3:40 am
I think we’re all glad you finally got this out of your head and shared it.
I can imagine Juniper and Chocolate being quite a complex combination, no?
September 19, 2008 at 3:32 am
how you continue to produce such sophisticated yet totally doable treats is beyond me. these are spectacular, and so are you! :)
September 18, 2008 at 11:49 pm
Looks so gorgeous.. I need to get some nifty financier molds.
September 18, 2008 at 8:11 pm
So cute and very original. I love the rich colors and flavors, what a yummy pairing :).
September 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm
Another one out of the park, Vera. These are stunning. I just so happen to actually have juniper berries on hand and and bookmarking this one to try soon. Just beautiful!
September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm
Your financiers are so lovely… I love the way you’ve wrapped them!
September 18, 2008 at 2:12 pm
Juniper berries – unfortunately not readily available here. but i do remember the wonderful flavor! on the whole I really love this creation. simply irresistible!
September 18, 2008 at 8:57 am
Juniper berries are quite popular in Italian cooking! I love how adventurous you are Vera.. I can totally envision chocolate and juniper.. I wish I can have one of these, I’m fascinated at the thought of juniper and blackberries.
How wonderful to have berry bushes in your back yard! :) Your kids must love it!!
September 18, 2008 at 7:37 am
Those financiers look absolutely perfect! Great idea, using blackberries and juniper. I’ll have to incorporate that into a dessert some time.
September 18, 2008 at 7:01 am
Looks and sounds amazing Vera.
September 18, 2008 at 2:58 am
you know i love financiers! great job! i also just made ice cream with juniper berries!
September 18, 2008 at 2:38 am
Wow ! Looks decadent ! Never heard of juniper berries before, but I am sure they’re delicious.
September 18, 2008 at 2:07 am
September 18, 2008 at 2:07 am
I’m sure they were very much enjoyable! I know I would enjoy eating a couple. I’ve had that spice in a cake before and it was very nice. Lovely pictures.
September 17, 2008 at 11:55 pm
I’ve never had Financiers before, but now I’m wanting to try some! Those look beautiful!
September 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm
You are so incredibly creative. I feel like I say that every time you post a recipe but it’s true! I can’t wait to try this flavor combination!
September 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm
those financiers look delicious. and your pictures… mamma mia!