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BLUEBERRY FRIANDS

Friands [wiki] are very popular in NZ Cafés, but they have not really taken off in Australia, and are seldom available, however in Perth the David Jones Foodhall sells them. There is a strange tradition in Perth where on your birthday you have to take in cake, which is odd because on your special day you have to wake up an hour earlier and spend the morning baking, in NZ and the East coast the usual tradition was a pub lunch or with your workmates. Anyway this is what I took into work yesterday, they went down a treat. Be careful not to overfill the cups with mixture- nobody likes a muffin-top.

Ingredients
180g (6oz) unsalted butter
6 eggwhites
200g (7oz) icing sugar, plus extra to dust
60g (2oz) plain flour, sifted
120g (4¼ oz) almond meal
200g (7oz) fresh or frozen blueberries (or any raspberries, bilberries etc)

Method
Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F). Use a little butter to grease a 12 hole friand pan.
Lightly beat eggwhites in a large bowl until frothy. Sift in icing sugar and flour, then stir in almond meal. Add melted butter, and blueberries, stir in until just combined, then spoon into pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes, turning tray halfway, until tops are golden and springy to touch.
Stand for 5 minutes, then turn onto a rack to cool slightly. Dust with icing sugar.

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  1. Kay
    March 23rd, 2009 at 07:44 | #1

    Welcome Ross!!! I love friands ….YUM!!!

  2. March 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 | #2

    yum yum can’t wait to try them

  3. March 30th, 2009 at 06:27 | #3

    Hey Ross and Kay – we need to have the recipes in American measures as well. The Robertson gang are ready to try your delicous friands

  4. Ross
    March 31st, 2009 at 02:15 | #4

    The measurements and temperatures are all Americanised, but I can’t change the spelling so litres are liters grey is gray etc etc 🙂

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