According to information :
"The friand is a small French cake, often mistaken for a muffin. Friands are little cakes typically oval in shape originally from France, made using ground almonds and melted butter. Having icing sugar and egg whites instead of whole eggs and very little flour, makes them light, while the ground almonds keep them chewy and moist.
A friand is a French term for a little cake eaten with the fingers."
Fruited Friands (Makes 12)
Recipe adapted from the cookbook Just 5 Ingredients Cakes & Desserts Published by Hamlyn.
My slight modifications made in blue below.
175g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
75g dried strawberries, sour cherries or cranberries roughly chopped (I used 50g cranberries)
2 tablespoons orange juice
6 egg whites
125g ground almonds
225g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling (I used 190g caster sugar.
Optional to dust with some icing sugar or Snow Powder when serving)
75g plain flour, sifted
1) Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with butter or cooking spray.
2) Preheat the oven to 200°C. (*I adjusted to 180°C). Position the rack in the centre.
*The temperature of the oven may vary, do adjust the temperature and timing to suit your oven.
4) In a clean mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites till foamy using the electric mixer. Add the caster sugar, plain flour and ground almonds and stir in until almost combined using a manual whisk. Drizzle the melted butter over the mixture, then stir together gently until just combined.
5) Evenly fill the lightly greased muffin cups using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Scatter the dried cranberries on top and bake for about 20 minutes until golden and just firm to touch.
6) Leave in the tin for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool.
When serving, dust a little icing sugar or Snow Powder.
Enjoy! Happy baking & have a great weekend !
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