Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mini Raspberry Friands Recipe

easy recipe Raspberry Friands

I haven't made friands for about 10 years. I used to make them all the time when we lived in London. Today I had some friends come over for morning tea to celebrate a birthday, so early this morning I whipped up the friands while I was in the kitchen, packing school lunches, emptying the dishwashers, tidying up and getting the breakfasts. I only tell you all that to show just how very easy the recipe is and how they are made in no time at all.

To find the recipe I had to dig out my diary from 2001. The recipe is scrawled on one of the pages. I don't normally keep paper diaries but this was from Phil and I lived in London (we came home late 2002) and it's full of great memories, travel plans and postcards etc - so I've always kept it. I don't know who gave me the recipe originally, probably my sister on an international phone call.

easy recipe Raspberry Friands

Friands are delicious and this mini version is just the right size to balance on your saucer. So delicious and light and elegant.  I will often add other things besides raspberries into this mixture - cocoa for chocolate ones, raspberry and white chocolate, dessicated coconut or other berries.

So from my diary dated Friday 3rd August 2001 here it is:

Mini Friand Recipe

180g melted butter
1 cup almond meal
6 egg whites beaten lightly
1 ½ cups icing sugar mixture
½ cup plain flour
75 g frozen berries

  1. Preheat your oven to 190 °C (moderate hot)
  2. Beat your eggs lightly so they are white but not stiff peaks, fold in gently with a spoon the almond meal, icing sugar mixture, plain flour and melted butter. 
  3. In a greased pan spoon mixture in and drop in a raspberry or whatever berry you choose. You can actually stir the berries into your mixture and just spoon out. I prefer to keep the mixture plain and then add the extras (berries, white chocolate lumps, choc chips etc) one they are in the pan.
  4. If you use a normal sized friand or cupcake tin, then bake for around 20-25 minutes until golden. If you are making the mini version you will only need to bake for 15-18 minutes.
  5. Stand in tin for 5 mins.  
  6. Rack to cool
easy recipe Raspberry Friands

* if you add white chocolate lumps to this recipe, the chocolate can sink to the base of the pans and sometimes makes the friands stick, just use a knife to loosen friand and ease gently from the pan.

easy recipe Raspberry Friands

Enjoy with friends. This recipe makes 48 mini friands.  Friands freeze very well so you can always keep some for another day. This is a great recipe to have on hand when you are using egg yolks for another recipe and have left over egg whites - or if you are just making the friands then options to use up the left over yolks are: custard, icecream, creme brulee. 

easy recipe Raspberry Friands


Fiona xx

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easy recipe Raspberry Friands

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  1. They look delicious and easy. Thank you for sharing the recipe. xT

  2. YUM they look great Fiona. Great idea just dropping the berries in, to stop the juice cake batter turning purple. My next baking adventure is tomorrow when I attempt to make a Trash Pack cake...Jake is turning 6 on Friday and that is the cake he wants. I am actually quite excited about it (the birthday AND the cake making, lol!)

    I've been spray painting since 9am but the wind has come up now, so had to stop. Off to the tender centre after school to pick up a hutch and a writing desk so I'm looking forward to that too :)

    xx Karen

  3. They look terrific. I so need this recipe. Thanks

  4. Printed! Thanks Fiona! They look scrumptious :)

  5. YUM! These look great and sound so good. Thanks for sharing all these recipes. Love the glass dish!
    Thanks again!
    Diane M.

  6. they look scrumptious!

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