Friands

Friands

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Makes
10-12
Photographer
Vanessa Levis

Originally made in a pastry shop near la Bourse, the financial district of Paris, friands — or financiers, as they are often called — are the same shape as gold bars (the moulds are traditionally rectangular). Perhaps the confusion has come about from the word ‘friandise’, which is a general French word for ‘petits fours’. Whatever you choose to call them, we have all taken to these little almond cakes.

In Australia, friand moulds are oval, 1/2 cup in capacity and deeper than most other small cake tins.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
175g butter
1 cup ground almonds
1 orange, grated rind
260g icing sugar, sifted
75g plain flour, sifted
5 egg whites
200g fresh or frozen raspberries, (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 230°C. Grease 10–12 individual friand moulds or a 10–12 hole friand tin with butter.
  2. Put the butter in a small saucepan, cook gently until pale golden, then set aside.
  3. Mix the ground almonds in a bowl with the orange rind, icing sugar and flour until combined. Add the egg whites and the warm butter, pouring the butter in carefully and holding back any browned solids that have sunk to the bottom. Mix well together.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared moulds, half-filling each. Top each with 2 or 3 raspberries if using, then place the moulds on a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 200°C and bake for a further 12–15 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven off and leave the cakes in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  7. Turn the oven off and leave the cakes in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Variation

  • Pistachio–hazelnut friands

    A combination of ground pistachios and ground hazelnuts may replace ground almonds for a different look and taste.

Note

  • Friand tins are available at good kitchen shops and department stores. Tiny bite-size oval moulds, miniature patty tins or oblong financier tins are also available for after-dinner friandise. You can also make the friands in mini muffin tins or patty pan cases; this quantity of batter will fill about 20 mini muffin tins or patty pan cases.
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