This past Saturday, I had Mother’s Day afternoon tea with my family at home. I am well aware, it’s slightly less than a week away from Mother’s Day, May 11th but since we’re all adults leading our own busy lives (parents are traveling, my brother is on a business trip, and I have my own plans that weekend), this is as close as I can show appreciation for my mother. We were fortunate with the weather as it was a gloriously warm and sunny day to dine outside on my balcony.
I opted to exclusively serve Financier Patisserie as my family and I really enjoy the pastries from the bakery, under the helm of Chef Eric Bedoucha. Their cakes and pastries are beautiful, delicious, and fairly priced for what they sell.
We had a 16-piece platter of petit fours ($22.50) and a dozen raisin scones ($2.25 each) tucked into a three-tiered stand and a large platter (the latter for the scones). The petit fours assortment for the day were dainty slices of Opera cakes, chocolate and vanilla éclairs, cheesecake domes (the ones glazed in a pastel pink glaze are strawberry, while the yellow ones are lemon), blueberry tartlettes, chocolate mousse cakes, and cassis mousse cakes. All were delicious in its own right and the scones were fantastic when warmed slightly and served with various jams and marmalades.
The luxury French brands teas served during this afternoon tea was a fruity, heady Palais de Thés‘ Thé des Amants black tea and Mariage Frères I Have a Dream, a black tea infused with lots of citrus like lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit, mandarin, and yuzu. Both worked well since they play along with the most of the fruity flavors of the various pastries we’ve eaten.
If you prefer to go for cakes only, Financier creates heart-shaped Fraisier cake ($27.50 or $42.50, depending on size). The Fraisier cake is a French-style strawberry shortcake. It’s made of fresh strawberries, vanilla biscuit, mousseline with a touch of raspberry liqueur. The mousseline was light like a cloud and the only substantial part of the cake was the sweet halved strawberries.
There’s also the cassis and white chocolate mousse cake ($27.50 or $42.50, depending on size) made of almond macaron, white chocolate mousse with black currant, and vanilla genoise. Black currant mousse (cassis) topped with a cassis glaze. This cake was still a light cake since there’s layers of mousse but the bracingly tart cassis mousse and glaze packed in a punch of flavor.
We also had various moist, buttery cookies like miniature Madelines ($5 for 15-piece box), financiers ($6 for 16-piece box), chocolate diamants (butter cookies with a chocolate fondant center; $8.50), nutty pecan bourbon cookies and crisp meringues ($5).
We had a lovely time at my balcony for afternoon tea. The various cakes, cookies and pastries from Financier were very tasty and well made. The most important person at this tea — my mother — loved everything we had and that’s what I needed to hear.
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