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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Blueberry friands

Forget those manufactured oily friands that sit like a brick in your stomach. A homemade friand is deliciously moist with a nutty crumb.

But I always save the best for last - the caramelised edge, of course.

Blueberry friands

6 egg whites
185g butter, melted
1 cup or 125g almond meal
1 1/2 cups or 240g icing sugar mixture
1/2 cup or 75g plain flour
80g frozen or fresh blueberries

  1. Lightly whisk egg whites with a fork in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add butter, almond meal, icing sugar mixture and flour and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Take care not to overmix.
  3. Divide mixture evenly into a greased 12-friand pan.
  4. Add blueberries to each friand, pushing them into the batter. If you prefer friands without too much "bleeding", use frozen blueberries and make sure they are submerged completely.
  5. Bake at 180C - 190C for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Keeping time: 2 days in an airtight container.

hazelnut - substitute hazelnut meal for almond meal
strawberry - top the friands with thin slices of strawberry
chocolate - add 100g roughly chopped white or dark chocolate
dark chocolate and raspberry - add 100g roughly chopped dark chocolate and 80g raspberries
lime coconut - add 2 teaspoons finely grated lime rind, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
orange and poppyseed - add 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind and 2 tablespoons poppyseeds

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8 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 7/16/2008 07:26:00 pm


  • At 7/16/2008 10:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You make it seem easy.... :)

  • At 7/17/2008 12:01 pm, Blogger Eleganza Strings/ The DeLadurantey Family said…

    oh! yummy!

  • At 7/17/2008 2:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awesome .. Helen..!! will try it when i feel better.. :)

  • At 7/17/2008 3:49 pm, Blogger Y said…

    Helen, those look great! The manufactured ones never have enough fruit in them either.

  • At 7/18/2008 3:03 pm, Blogger OohLookBel said…

    Very nice. Can you please let us know what you did with the 6 egg yolks?

  • At 7/18/2008 9:47 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi aptronym - It is :) Almond meal is a never-fail way of ensuring a moist cake!

    Hi the deladurantey sisters - It was!

    Hi Mama Bok - Hope you feel better soon, and hope you enjoy the friands too!

    Hi Y - I agree. That's the thing about homemade - I'm always extra generous with the add-ins!

    Hi Belle - Good question. Here's the answer :)

  • At 7/23/2008 12:17 pm, Blogger Chick Pea said…

    Hi Helen

    I’ve been eating those “bricks” once a week with my crazy cravings. So glad to find a recipe here, I’m definitely going to give it a try over the weekend. Can you tell me where you can buy almond meal from? I’ve never heard of it before.


  • At 7/23/2008 9:48 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi chickpea - Almond meal is the same as ground almonds. It should be available at the supermarket/nut shop, otherwise you can try blitzing blanched almonds (peeled almonds) in a spice grinder.


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