June 3rd 2015 09:27
A variation on these little gems, but actually inspired by a recipe from here, I made these friands for a lovely mothers group gathering a little while ago, and they were a hit. A cheeky husband (who just happened to be dropping in around sweets time) took one with him, and then requested that his wife grab another couple to bring home for him. You can't argue with testimonials like that!
Apple and cinnamon friands - makes 8 (in my large friand moulds)
1/2 cup stewed apple
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup caster sugar plus 1/2 teaspoon extra
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 almond meal
150g butter, melted
5 egg whites
Mix together apple, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon caster sugar. Set aside.
Mix the remaining sugar, almonds, flour, butter and egg whites together and cool in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (this master mix can actually last up to 10 days in the fridge before being baked).
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Grease your friand tin, then spoon a tablespoon into each mould. Add your apple mixture, then spoon a second tablespoon of mix of mix on top. The fruit will cook and sink to the bottom.
Bake for 18-25 minutes until the friands are well risen, golden and firm with gently pressed in the centre. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.