Friands are little French oval cakes, made deliciously moist with ground almonds and topped with fruit icings of all kinds and sometimes berries inside.
Very popular in Australia a few years back, you seldom see them in the UK…so I thought I would re introduce them.
These are a lovely afternoon tea idea and only take a few minutes to pop in the oven. I have flavoured mine orange ….. and am lucky that they lasted long enough for a photo, as the smell wafting up the stairs last night when I made them seemed to lure hungry little snackers down!
- 5 large egg whites
- 190g self-raising flour
- 150g icing sugar
- 1tsp baking powder
- 120g ground almonds
- 200g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
- For the icing
- 100g icing sugar
- Juice of ½ a small orange
- 1tsp orange blossom water (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 170°C fan
- Grease a 12-hole friand or muffin tin with cooking oil such as sunflower or rapeseed.
- Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks with an electric whisk in a large mixing bowl.
- Sift the flour, icing sugar, baking powder and ground almonds together in a separate bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients to the beaten egg whites, folding them in carefully.
- Fold in the melted butter and most of the orange zest (leaving a little for garnish) until combined.
- Fill the holes in the prepared tin and bake for 20 minutes until golden.
- Cool in the tin for 3-4 minutes and then turn out onto a wire cooling rack.
- Meanwhile, make the icing by whisking together the icing sugar, orange juice and orange blossom water, if using, to a thick, drizzly mixture. While the friands are still warm, spoon the icing over them, scattered with orange zest.