Tuesday Treat

Raspberry Friands

Friands are delicious little almond cakes that are rich, dense, moist and very moreish! They are particularly good for those of us who are gluten-free as they contain only a small quantity of flour which can easily be substituted for a ‘free-from flour’ with no ill side effects. Traditionally they are baked in friand tins to produce oval little cakes which really do look gorgeous, but if you don’t have a friand tin you can always use a muffin tin – just make sure you butter it well. I would thoroughly recommend the friand tin I bought from Amazon here – you will be making these again!!…

200g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

225g icing sugar

75g plain flour (gluten-free if required – I recommend Doves)

150g ground almonds

½ teaspoon almond extract

6 egg whites

150g fresh raspberries

25g flaked almonds

Icing sugar to dust

  1. Grease a friand tin (or muffin tin – see note above).
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan, then remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  3. Meanwhile sift the icing sugar and flour into a bowl and stir in the almonds and extract.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until they are just foamy (they don’t need to have soft peaks).
  5. Fold the egg whites and melted butter into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Divide the mixture between the greased tin – the mixture should come to about three quarters of the way up each hole. Add two or three raspberries and sprinkle with a few flaked almonds. Bake in a preheated oven, 180’c fan, for 15-20 minutes until golden and firm in the centre. Leave to cool for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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