Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
The "Friand" is a small, moist cake made with almond meal and flour. It is of French origin and may be related to the Parisian "financier" cake. Through the years the Friand has become a popular treat in the Australian cafe scene. While delicate and delicious alone, the Friand can also be flavored with your choice of fruits. for example: blueberries, raspberries, lemon or orange. This particular recipe gives has a tropical touch with fresh mango and desiccated coconut.
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 1⁄2 cup coconut, desiccated
- 1⁄4 cup almonds, ground
- 4 egg whites
- 2⁄3 cup butter, melted
- 1 cheek mango, roughly chopped
- 1⁄4 cup cranberries, dried
- icing sugar, for dusting
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°F
- Combine castor sugar, flour, almond meal and coconut in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the egg whites and stir well with a wooden spoon.
- Add the melted butter and stir well to combine all the ingredients.
- Spoon the mixture into silicone or greased mini loaf pans so that it reaches 3/4 of the way up the side.
- Press several pieces of mango into the cake mixture in each tin. Do the same with the dried cranberries.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden. Test the cake by skewering a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean the cake is ready.
- Remove cakes from the oven and cool in pans for about 4 minutes.
- Gently turn the cakes out of the tins and cool on a wire rack.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar just before serving.
- To store, keep friands in a air-tight container for up to a week.