pumpkin financiers
Pumpkin Parmesan Financiers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
A savoury version of the French buttery teacakes, made with pumpkin, sage and parmesan - perfect party food with festive drinks.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: French
Servings: 20 cakes
Author: Jill Colonna
  • 150 g / 5oz pumpkin roughly chopped into small chunks
  • 1 tbsp sage finely chopped
  • 100 g / 3.5oz olive oil
  • 200 g / 7oz plain all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g / 3.5oz semi-skimmed milk
  • 50 g block parmesan freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 20 g / 0.75oz chopped walnuts optional
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/360°F (gas 4). Put the pumpkin in a roasting tin with half of the sage and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes then remove from oven to cool.
  2. 2. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl then, using a balloon whisk, beat in the eggs, olive oil and milk until you have a smooth paste. Add the parmesan, nutmeg, the rest of the sage then gradually whisk in the pumpkin (it will break up with the whisk which is just perfect as it won’t be a purée but tiny bits) and walnuts, if using.
  3. 3. Pour into financier silicone moulds (here I used traditional oblong shapes but you can use rectangular financier moulds – or madeleine moulds too) and bake for about 20 minutes until the cakes are golden brown.
Recipe Notes

Best served on the day but can also be frozen for up to a month to help you plan ahead for your holiday baking. Or prepare the batter the day before and bake when needed.

Jill Colonna