Friands are traditionally small oval shaped French cakes enjoyed at afternoon tea. They come in an array of flavours the most common being berry and they are topped with almond flakes, icing sugar or crystallised lemon rind.
My boyfriend loves friands and for his birthday I have made him a friand cake. This recipe can be used to make traditional sized friands too of course. Play with different flavours such as blueberries, strawberries or hints of orange.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes for small friands and 50minutes for a friand cake
Makes: 1 cake or 12 friands
Sift flour and icing sugar into a bowl, add the almond meal and finely grated lemon rind.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until they are foamy then pour into the bowl with the flour.
Combine, then pour in the melted butter and mix until smooth.
Add your berries, fold as little as possible, and pour into a greased cake tin or friand molds.
Berries bleed and unless you want pink batter be quick!
As my friand is for a birthday I have added berries in a number on top, omit this step or scatter berries across freely if desired.
Bake for 25-50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean and the top is golden brown. (Cover with foil if needed.)
Cool in the tin for five minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar when you are ready to serve.
Enjoy on its own or serve with thick cream.
Lasts in the fridge for about a week.
Whenever I make a recipe that calls for only whites or only yolks I freeze the other half and use it for recipes in the future. All these egg yolks can be used to make Blender Hollandaise just make sure you label how many eggs are in there.
Alternatively you can buy liquid egg whites which work fine too.