Considering last night’s biscuit attempt wasn’t so great (in my opinion, the rest of my household loved them as they were gone by today) I decided to cook again tonight. I thought I would attempt apple, cinnamon & almond friands. I used the basic friand recipe from Dave Herbert from his book I picked up at the lifeline book fest – ‘The Perfect Cookbook’. The rest I made up.
1 stick of cinnamon
100g almond meal
180g unsalted butter
180g icing sugar
1/3 cup of plain flour
5 egg whites
Heat oven to 200deg C. Prepare two muffin/friand tins with butter or patty cake papers.
To start, peel, core and cut up the apple into small chunks. Place in a small saucepan with cinnamon stick and dash of lemon. Keep an eye on this and continuously stir until apples are soft.
Add the butter to another small saucepan on a low heat, stir until melted and then continue to cook a further 1 min. Make sure you don’t burn the butter. Shift flour and icing sugar into a mixing bowl and stir in almond meal. In a small bowl whisk the egg whites (I do this by hand till very light and fluffy, I’m sure you could use a hand mixer if you like. you don’t need to reach stiff peak stage – just light and frothy). Stir the eggs whites and melted butter into the dry ingredients, add a dash of cinnamon to taste and stir until smooth. It’s a fairly runny consistency. Spoon mixture into friand tin (or use a muffin tin if you don’t have one) feel free to use patty cake papers to save on washing up. Fill the tins about 1/2 to 3/4 full. Then add pieces of apple to each and sprinkle with almond flakes.
Cook on 200deg C for 5mins and then turn the oven down to 180deg C for a further 10-15mins. Allow the friands to cool for 5 mins and then put them on a cake rack to cool further.
I really enjoyed the sweet, soft apple and the crunch of the almond flakes on top. Next time I would add a little more cinnamon – but the soft hint was still nice.
This basic friand recipe is great. You can add whatever flavours you like to the mixture. I have previously made berry friands – just sprinkle some mixed berries to the top of the friands before they are popped into the oven.
Enjoy! Please let me know if you try this recipe too and what flavours you come up with for your friands.
Until next time – J x