Lets talk abt the egg white saga.. what to do with all those poor egg whites left from the almost insane baking going on in my kitchen? I did bake a batch of macarons, but they ended up in the garbage can... why?? those tiny feet were too shy to come out and play! grrrrr sometimes u see em' sometime u dont... and when they do decide to come out and play... I would be like screaming and running up and down the stairs like one crazy woman hahahha.. oh if u guys do wanna try and bake macaron.. u can get the recipe fm here
Ok back to Friand.. It is of French origin and may be related to the Parisian "financier" cake... I hv seen it while we were in France but didnt even bother to taste it.. dang!!!! and of cos I hv seen it in Aussie land too... I read somewhere that it has become a popular treat in the Australian cafe too... one of cafe where u can get friand is Coffee Club (free advert) hehehe.. bake it and u will know how soft and moist these little babies are!
Ingredients (makes 6)
100g butter (i use unsalted butter and add a pinch of salt)
4 large egg whites (abt 120g)
45g (1/4 cup plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) plain flour
140g (1 cup) pure icing sugar
85g (2/3 cup, lightly pressed into the cup with the back of a spoon) almond meal
About 40g (about 30 large) blueberries
1 tsp vanilla extract (I added)
Extra icing sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius (170 degrees Celsius fan-forced). If you are not using a fan-forced oven, adjust the oven rack to the middle position so the friands brown evenly.
Grease a six hole (1/3 cup capacity holes) non-stick oval friand pan, or six individual 1/3 cup capacity friand pans. If you don't have a friand pan, you could use a muffin pan with 1/3 cup capacity holes. (I used 1/4 cup of batter on each and get 9 friands)
Melt butter and set aside to cool to lukewarm.
In a medium bowl, beat egg whites with a fork or whisk until foamy (about 30 seconds)
Sift flour, icing sugar and almond meal into the bowl with the egg whites
Stir ingredients together until just combined.
Add the melted butter to the bowl and stir until just combined.
Divide mixture evenly among the holes of the prepared pan. Place about five blueberries in a cluster in the centre of each friand.
Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the friands are a light golden colour and spring back when lightly pressed. A thin-bladed knife or wooden skewer inserted into the centre of a friand should come out without any raw-looking batter attached.
Remove friands from the oven and allow to stand in the pan for five minutes.
Run a knife around the outside of each friand to loosen before turning them out. Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar, or place on a wire rack to cool.
Store cooled friands in an airtight container at cool room temperature or in the refrigerator. To serve, bring to room temperature or warm in the microwave, and then dust liberally with icing sugar
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