Lemon and Poppyseed Friands
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Friands are little cakes, typically oval shaped, originally from France. If you do not have a friand tin you can always use a muffin tin. The cakes are made with ground almonds, melted butter icing sugar and egg whites (instead of whole eggs) and a small amount of flour, which makes them super light and the almonds keep them moist.
Recipe type: Cakes
Serves: 12
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 large or 2 small lemons
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 185 g butter, melted
  • 120g ground almonds
  • 240g icing sugar
  • 75g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon lemon essence (optional)
  • Icing sugar to dust
  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
  2. Grease 12 x ½ cup oval friand tins or a 12-hole muffin tin; stand on a baking tray.
  3. Place egg whites in medium bowl and whisk lightly until they have combined together. they should still be runny, transparent with just a little froth on the top.
  4. Zest the lemon, sift icing sugar and flour into the egg whites and add all remaining ingredients into the bowl.
  5. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until just combined.
  6. Spoon mixture equally into the fraind or muffin tin .
  7. Bake friands about 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire tray, topside up.
  8. Serve friands warm, dusted with extra sifted icing sugar.
These store well for a few days in an airtight container.
Recipe by Cluck, Muck & Cook at http://cluckmuckcook.co.uk/lemon-and-poppyseed-friands/