The Occasional Epicure

Occasional updates on my eating and cooking adventures...

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Strawberry Friands

I'm having a bit of a friand frenzy at the moment - two batches in as many weeks... These delicious small cakes are very easy to make and really, really tasty!

I was telling a friend that I'd started baking friands, and she said "Aren't they just like muffins squished into a different shape?" It was then that I realised I would need to bake another batch as soon as possible and bring her a sample.

I gave her two friands in a little takeaway container so that her husband could try one too. (He'd been v. upset about not sampling my brownies!) I'm pleased to report that they were a big hit, and deemed to be entirely unlike misshapen muffins after all!




Friands
from Modern Classics Book 2 by Donna Hay
125g butter
1 cup almond meal
1 2/3 cups icing sugar, sifted
3/4 cup plain flour, sifted <--- aarrgh! Edited to add this vital ingredient that I missed in my original post
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 5 egg whites [I couldn't be bothered working out what to do with 5 egg yolks, so I just used frozen egg whites]
1/3 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, blueberries or sliced strawberries [I saw $1 punnets of strawberries while I was queuing at the express lane - it was meant to be!]

Preheat the oven to 180C. Place the butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook until melted and a very light golden colour. Set aside. [I did this the first time I made friands; this time I just melted the butter in the microwave.]

Place the almond meal, icing sugar, flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the egg whites and stir to combine. Add the butter and stir to combine.

Grease 10 x 1/2 cup capacity muffin tins [of course, if you have friand tins, you might as well use them]. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each tin and sprinkle the berries over the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and springy to touch but moist in the centre. [Mine took longer. I think my oven is a bit inconsistent.]

Enjoy!



44 Comments:

  • At 1:18 am, Anonymous stef said…

    ooh, this is something different -- i wonder where i can find friand tins here. great post! i'll have to try this sometime. the almond meal must be the touch that makes the difference, huh?

     
  • At 11:57 am, Blogger Clare Eats said…

    Oh I love Friands!
    I home my stove is fixed soon! I cant handle baking goodness anymore.

    What are you making for this weekends battle?

     
  • At 1:28 pm, Blogger Jimmy Trinket said…

    I tried these very Friands and I must say they were Dee-lishy-mo!
    Infact, my tastebuds were so excited by the whole situation, they almost detatched themselves from my tongue trying to get to the strawberryness that these partickler Friands possess.
    Well done, you wizard of the kitchen, you!

    pssst, I look forward to more of your taste-testing sensations in the near future. Tee hee!

     
  • At 2:07 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi Stef, thanks for visiting my blog! I'm sure that the recipe would work fine in muffin tins too. It's definitely the almond meal that make the difference to the flavour and texture. I'm hoping to find some hazlenut meal and try that out too.

    Hi Clare Eats, I'm always happy to hear from another friand lover :)

    We're going to the game this weekend at the Gabba, so we'll be packing our usual ham + cheese + rocket rolls, Thermos of Milo, chips, peanut M&Ms, poppers...all good stuff! We try to pack heaps of food and drink so we're not tempted to shell out $4 for hotdogs etc :)

     
  • At 2:09 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hey JT, glad you liked your friand! I'm always happy to send samples home for you (especially handy now that McHills and I are once again working in close proximity)!

     
  • At 3:27 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Friands are always so moist aren't they?

    The strawberries on these look great. Your workmates and friends are very lucky!

     
  • At 8:16 pm, Blogger boo_licious said…

    oooo, I love friands and yours look great. I usually make them in my muffin pan since I don't have a friand pan.

    I usually make the lime and coconut ones which taste really nice and tropical.

     
  • At 10:05 pm, Blogger Niki said…

    Oooh - frozen eggwhites? Ones you had frozen yourself, or can you buy them?
    I love things with almond meal in them, but I reckon it's a TOTAL RORT how little you get in a packet and how much they charge for it! You need at least 2 packets for any recipe, which is about $5! BAH! Somebody has a monopoly on the ground almond retail in Australia, and is RAKING in the money!

     
  • At 9:46 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi AG, exactly! They're so much more moist than stodgy old muffins!

    Hi boo_licious, thanks for visiting! Lime and coconut sounds like a delicious combination. Do you add lime juice or zest to the recipe?

    Hi Niki, the frozen egg whites I used are called Ready Whites. I was a bit ambivalent the first time, but they turned out fine! I found them in the freezer section of the supermarket near the pastry and frozen berries - I guess you could call it the cold equivalent of the baking aisle!

    And I SO agree with you about the almond meal rort! It is that nut company called "Lucky"! It is about $4 for a 200g bag. I went to the organic grocer Mrs Flannery's and they sell it for $25/kg. It's weird that it costs more to buy it in "bulk" (you scoop as much as you want into a paper bag) than in little packets from Woolies.

    If anyone out there knows of a cheaper almond meal source, I would be thrilled to hear about it! :)

     
  • At 2:03 pm, Blogger Clare Eats said…

    Why not grind your own almonds? Buy whole blanched ones and put them in the food processor. easy. and they wont be rancid like alot of the ones you buy in the supermarket. AG in sydney go to the natural grocer in alexandria ;)

     
  • At 3:55 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hey CE, I'm tempted to look into grinding my own almonds. I need to get around to buying a food processor first though! ;)

     
  • At 8:18 pm, Blogger deborah said…

    those friands look very nice! I like how through cooking you can teach someone something new, whether it is about food or ones culture. Good job!

     
  • At 8:49 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi Saffron, yep, I'm always very happy to introduce people to a new and tasty baking experience!

     
  • At 11:42 pm, Blogger Niki said…

    I tried grinding my own almonds recently, when making some almond danishes, but the thing is, that it's just as expensive to buy whole almonds in the supermarket as it is to buy the ground ones. Perhaps in wholefoods stores it might be cheaper.
    The other thing I noticed grinding my own, is that the texture isn't nearly as fine and soft; there are crunchy bits and they come out quite sticky, because of the natural oils in the nuts. You add icing sugar to it as you grind, to absorb the oil but it doesnt' do much, and often you don't want ready-sweetened almond meal bc it throws the sugar levels out.
    Yes, Lucky brand are what we get down here too, and they're about $3-$4 a packet for 200g. There's another brand in yellow packets too, but they're jsut as expensive.

     
  • At 10:39 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi Niki, thanks for sharing your almond grinding experiences. Since the almond meal is what gives friands their fantastic texture I'll heed your warning about the crunchy bits and steer clear!

     
  • At 11:50 am, Anonymous McHills said…

    Good on ya, Kelly. Jimmy Trinket has insisted I make him friands now - given that the sample I took home was so enjoyable.

    Wish me luck as I venture forth to purchase a friand tin. Ironically, I'm going to purchase my brand-spanking new friand tin with some of the money I got back from returning a set of bathroom scales that JT wanted but then decided didn't quite make the grade...

     
  • At 5:33 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hey McHills, I still can't understand why Jimmy Trinket can't make the friands himself! Oh well, happy baking! :)

     
  • At 7:14 pm, Blogger boo_licious said…

    kelly, sorry for the late reply.

    You add lime zest, lime juice and some dessicated coconut into the friands mixture. You also sprinkle some flaked coconut on top which gets all nice and toasty. Recipe is from AWW's Cooking Class Cakes.

     
  • At 10:33 pm, Blogger Jimmy Trinket said…

    Why can't I make them myself?

    They only taught us mise en place in the first year and that was as far as I got as a chef...

    Well that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

    Although, I can make a damn fine rose out of the skin off a tomato!

     
  • At 4:39 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hey boo_licious, that sounds tasty! I'm going to try it out.

    Hi Jimmy Trinket, I'd like to see you make a rose made from a tomato one day!

     
  • At 8:31 am, Anonymous Jim Adams said…

    Is this recipe missing some flour? I was expecting 2 cups of flour/meal and I only see 1.

     
  • At 12:36 pm, Anonymous Jim Adams said…

    I made the friands (with blueberries) this evening. I added 1 cup of flour and they were great. Thanks for the recipe!

     
  • At 2:45 pm, Blogger pseudo chef said…

    Friands, especially strawberry/raspberry ones are the best!

    I just bought some lovely strawberries so I might make some based on this recipe.

     
  • At 5:57 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi Jim Adams, thanks for visiting the Occcasional Epicure! And...aarrghh! Yes, I missed out 3/4 cup of plain flour in the recipe! What a drongo! I'm hurrying to add it into my original post now :)

    Hi Pseudo Chef, thanks for visiting! Please note the missing flour that I have now added to my post! How embarassing :)

     
  • At 10:26 am, Blogger deborah said…

    Thanks adding this scrummy post to Omnivoribus Australis! Look forward to seeing more baked goods :)

     
  • At 9:47 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi Saffron, looking forward to reading the roundup! Thanks for putting Omnivoribus Australis together :)

     
  • At 11:05 am, Blogger kitchenmage said…

    yum! i have some almond meal i've been looking for a use for; i've obviously been waiting for this...

    btw, grinding nuts into meal is easier if you weigh the flour and nuts, then grind them together...

     
  • At 7:47 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi Kitchenmage, this is the perfect way to use up some almond meal! I promise you'll love friands!

    Thanks for the grinding tip too :)

     
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  • At 3:26 am, Anonymous anjalika said…

    I love Friands. Could you please tell me where I could buy almond meal? I live in London, UK.
    Thanks very much

    Anjali

     
  • At 7:23 pm, Blogger Helenish said…

    ..after (much difficult) experimentation I found this slight variation on the dry amounts even lighter & moister!!
    1 ½ cups icing sugar mixture
    1 cup almond meal
    ½ cup plain flour
    5 egg whites, lightly beaten
    180g. unsalted butter, melted
    Fave variations are macadamia, coconut & white choc or a dollop of lemon curd with any of the berries.
    As an Aussie in London I am converting everyone I know to the luscious delights of friands which are not widely available in cafes like in Oz.
    Anjali! Almond meal is available from baking section of big supermarkets (ie;Sainsburys) but haven't managed to track down a proper friand tin in UK so I use a mini muffin tin...

     
  • At 6:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks I was given Friand so went looking for recipe can't wait to try Meg Sunshine Coast Qld Aust.

     
  • At 9:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ohhh... those friands look yumm.. i gonna make them tomorrow... thats why i looked the recipe up.. thanks for it...
    Well beybye... ^^

     
  • At 1:42 pm, Anonymous sam said…

    hi found friand tins at freedom $16

     
  • At 12:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for the friand recipe. I love making creme brulee and always end up with lots of egg whites, and I've been making egg white omlettes instead, but now I can use them for friands :)

    I've been reading the comments about friand tins, if you live in sydney you might want to try World Kitchen (Australia) Pty Ltd
    29-31 O'Riordan St Alexandria NSW 2015
    ph: (02) 9317 1000
    One of my favourite outlet stores ever, selling corningware, corelle, pyrex and baker's secret to name a few. From memory, they have a 30-40% off sale twice a year (and that's 30% off their already cheap prices). Then 2 minutes drive from World kitchen is Victoria's Basement, and there's Peter's Of Kensington the suburb next door.

    Hope that helps

    Happy baking :)

    ~MissyM

     
  • At 9:08 pm, Anonymous Karen said…

    For any country folk like me... Peters of Kensington, sell online for $11. really hard to find tins considering how popular they now are!

     
  • At 11:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Gillian from W>A> here, does it make any difference if you whip up the egg whites?

     
  • At 5:53 pm, Blogger The Caked Crusader said…

    Great to see another friand fan. I love them with 2 or 3 raspberries baked into the top - they don't dome quite so much but the sweet/tart contrast is awesome.

     
  • At 2:02 pm, Blogger Mad Izatie said…

    hey there!

    i had my first friand from the university cafe here in NZ (hello from down below!), and i was quite surprised bu the whole thing.

    i've never had anything with that kinda texture before. it was like muffins, but more nutty. so i looked up 'friands' on the internet and i found your blog. so i tried it, and it turned out pretty awesome.

    i used blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberies (i had frozen fruit...).

    but i used the muffin tins instead. and i should have cut the strawberries smalled cause my strawberry friands look like they have lips. :D

    cheers! (from a malaysian student)

     
  • At 2:47 pm, Anonymous udit said…

    looks tasty ..
    is there any special tips to make it?

     
  • At 1:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've tried a similar recipe and used fresh strawberries but they end up black! Any tips?

     
  • At 12:56 am, Anonymous Glogough said…

    I just bought a wiltshire, great quality 12 cup friend baking pan from Coles for $6.50. Check your local Coles store as I just got it on friday.

     
  • At 1:02 am, Anonymous Glogough said…

    Oops! That was meant to read friand pan not friend pan!

     
  • At 4:14 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    Hi! Thanks for the recipe. Just wondering if I should whisk the egg whites before adding, and if so, how firm?
    Thanks!

     

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