September 5, 2010

Egg White Usage 2 - Friands

I searched quite a bit to find out what is a friand. It took a while since Google comes out with "friend" more than "friand". Trusted wikipedia provided the explanation:
The friand pastry, which has become popular in Australia and New Zealand appears to have been based on the French financier; however, Australian and New Zealand friands typically have additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. Australian / New Zealand friands are also baked in oval shapes.


Hmmmm...   so it's basically a financier just that they come with additional toppings and are rounder in shape.





Personally I do not like this cake at all. Not sinful enough perhaps. Hubby lapped them up though.



Here's my green seedless grape, prunes and dates version. ☺



Friands
Adapted from Donna Hay's Modern Classic2
(Makes 10)

Ingredients
125g butter, melted
110g almond meal
200g icing sugar, sifted
100g plain flour, sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
5 egg whites

Optional: 1 cup fresh blueberries, strawberries or any fruit to your liking

Method
  1. Preheat oven 180°C
  2. Combine almond meal, icing sugar, flour & baking powder
  3. Add egg whites and combine
  4. Add butter and combine
  5. Grease 10 x 1/2cup muffin tins
  6. Spoon mixture into tins and sprinkle with fruits or berries on top
  7. Bake 15-20mins or till golden in color and springy to touch but moist in the center.
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