Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
Friands, from the French meaning "dainty" or "tasty", are quaint little cakes made from nutmeal, usually almond meal. They have a dense yet moist texture and are the perfect size to have with coffee. They are usually baked in oval-shaped friand moulds, but medium-sized muffin moulds are fine as a substitute. Friands will keep 3 days (if they last that long!) in an air-tight tin, or alternatively can be frozen. The uncooked mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days as well.
- 6 egg whites
- 6 ounces butter
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
- 1⁄2 cup plain all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 30 whole blanched almonds
- extra powdered sugar
- whipped cream (optional)
- Grease and flour a non-stick 12 hole friand tin or 12 medium muffin holes.
- Pre-heat oven to 375F (180C).
- Melt butter gently in the microwave oven.
- Place egg whites in a medium bowl and whisk lightly until just combined.
- Add melted butter, almond meal, powdered sugar and flour, then lime zest and juice, and whisk again until just combined.
- Divide mixture evenly among the prepared pans.
- Top each friand with an almond.
- Bake in the moderately hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned- the friands should spring back when touched.
- Remove from oven and let sit in the pan for around 5 minutes, before turning out onto wire racks to cool, right way up.
- Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with a little extra sifted powdered sugar, and a dollop of cream.