We spent the afternoon at the Dog Mountain Summer Party. There were 50+ dogs, and ripe blackberries all over the mountain.
Some background, Dog Mountain is the former home of Stephen Huneck, an artist that did woodblock prints and sculptures with dog themes. His black Labrador retriever, Sally, featured prominently in his work. He bought land in St Johnsbury Vermont, built studios and a home. He built a dog chapel and designated the land as an off leash dog park. Dog Mountain is pretty darn awesome.
We took the dogs for a long walk around the mountain and found hundreds of blackberry bushes with beautiful, plump, ripe berries. What is a locavore to do? Pick berries into any available container and make blackberry financiers!
(Blackberries in the dog’s collapsible water bowl.)
Blackberry Financiers (they’re rich!)
7 tablespoon unsalted butter
1¾ cup sliced blanched almonds
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup powdered sugar
5 tablespoon flour
⅛ teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites
½ teaspoon almond extract
6 ounce blackberries (or raspberries or blueberries
1. Position the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven
to 400 degrees. Butter a 12 cup muffin tin. (I use mini muffins instead.)
In a skillet, heat the butter until it begins to sizzle. Continue to cook over low heat until the edges begin to darken and the butter gives off a nutty aroma. Remove from the heat.
In a food processor, grind the almonds with the granulated and
powdered sugars, the flour and salt. While the processor is running, gradually pour in the egg whites and add the almond extract. Stop the machine, and add the warm butter, pulsing as you pour until the batter is just mixed.
4. Divide the batter evenly among the buttered muffin cups and poke 3
or 4 berries into each cake. Bake for 18 minutes, (14 minutes for mini muffins) until puffy and deep
golden brown. Let stand a few minutes then remove them from the
pan and cool on a rack.
August 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm
What!! No picture of dogs or the muffins?
August 11, 2016 at 12:43 pm
See a picture here: https://relocavore.com/2013/07/22/blackberry-financiers/
August 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm
I think you’re the person who introduced me to financiers back in the day! I haven’t made them in a loooong time, but you’re seriously inspiring me, since all the blackberries are out in Washington, too!
August 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm
Don’t make the sam emistake that I did and forget a container to pick berries!
One tip with the blackberries – I think the blackcaps work better than blackberries in this recipe. The blackcaps have a higher ratio of fruit to seed and the taste of the fruit comes through. These blackberries were wonderful, but we were crunching on so many seeds that it reduced the flavor of the berry.