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Raspberry & Lemon Friands

(Originally published, Aug-2015, then updated by Tania, September-2018)

 

A long time ago I was baking at a Café whose owner was gluten-free, she asked me to bake Friands (which I had never heard of in my life) and now they’re one of my favourite things to bake and eat.

These pretty, fluffy little tea cakes are Lemon flavoured with raspberries on top and are made with rice flour, egg whites, icing sugar, melted butter and ground almonds, making them not only delicious but also gluten-free! You can make many different flavours too by adding nuts. fruit and even chocolate.

Friands originate from France where they are called ‘Financiers’. They were first created in the late nineteenth century by a pastry chef named Lasne, who had a shop on the rue Saint-Denis near the Bourse, the city’s stock exchange and he made them in the shape of gold bars/ingots (little rectangles). The Australian and New Zealand version are a bigger, oval-shaped adaption and we do not brown the butter in the recipe like the French do.

According to Wikipedia, Friand is the French word for ‘dainty‘ and ‘a gourmet who delights in delicate tastes’.

I’d love to get my hands on some financier moulds and make them in their proper shape and with browned butter also, will post when I do!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 small or ½ medium-sized lemon)
250 g butter
8 medium-sized eggs (at room temperature & you will only need the whites)
2 cups / 300 g icing sugar (powdered/confectioner’s sugar)
1 1/3 cups / 140 g ground almonds
2/3 cup / 110 g rice flour
½ cup / 60 g fresh or frozen raspberries (approx)

Icing sugar (powdered/confectioner’s sugar) to dust

 

Makes 9 or 12

 

STEP BY STEP

For this recipe, you will need a 12-hole standard-sized muffin tin or an oval hole, Friand tin (it will make 9).

First, zest the lemon and leave it aside.

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

Then in a small saucepan, over a low heat, melt the butter. Leave it in the saucepan and set it aside for now.

Spiced, Feijoa & Pear Muffins

Preheat the oven to 150°C fan/convection oven or 170°C conventional oven, on bake, with a rack situated in the centre of the oven.

Next, separate the eggs, placing the whites into a medium-sized bowl, either discarding them or keeping them to make some hollandaise or anglaise.

Lightly whisk the egg whites until they are just frothy.

  • What you are doing here is just breaking them up (this shouldn’t take longer than 30 seconds). If you over whisk them, your Friands will end up with a chewy, meringue texture and when they are baking they will spread outwards in the tin rather than rise up and will be impossible to get out of the tin.

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

After breaking up the whites, add the lemon zest, icing sugar, ground almonds and rice flour to the egg-whites….don’t mix it together just yet though!

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

Start whisking it all together whilst pouring in the ‘still warm’ melted butter and then continue whisking until the batter is smooth and lump-free.

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

Then liberally spray the tin with non-stick cooking spray (including the top).

If you like (it’s a little less messy and quicker), pour the batter into a pouring jug and then fill the tin, nearly to the tops.

Check that they all have the same amount of batter in them and if not, take some batter from the fuller ones and add it to the lesser ones. 

  • As you can see they are quite full, but that’s okay, they tend to rise straight up and not so much outwards.

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

Working quickly (because they need to get into that oven) place around 5 – 7 raspberries over the tops,

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

Place them in the oven and bake them for 30 minutes standard-size or 35 minutes, oval, Friand size or until they are golden brown and the centres spring back when you gently push them. Also, a sharp knife or skewer inserted into the centres should come out clean and dry.

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

Leave them in the tin for 10 minutes (if they have overflowed, trim them with a knife).

Check the Friands haven’t stuck in the tin. If so, loosen them with a knife and then remove them and place them on a cooling rack.

If you’ve sprayed the tin well and are feeling brave, carefully flip the whole thing over and they should fall out onto a cooling rack and then turn them upright.

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

These pretty little cakes are perfect for morning or afternoon tea, especially high tea as they are a tea cake after all!

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

If you like you can make them look prettier with a dusting of icing sugar and they’re lovely served with lemon curd and/or with a small amount of natural yoghurt or whipped cream. 🙂

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

Keepin’ em fresh – Keep in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 4 days. After the first day, to freshen them up a little, warm each one in the microwave for 20 seconds.

 

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Raspberry & Lemon Friands

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 9 or 12

Raspberry & Lemon Friands

These dainty little raspberry French tea cakes are made with rice flour, egg whites & ground almonds making them not only delicious but also gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 small or ½ medium-sized lemon)
  • 250 g butter
  • 8 medium-sized eggs (at room temperature & you will only need the whites)
  • 2 cups / 300 g icing sugar (powdered/confectioner's sugar)
  • 1 1/3 cups / 140 g ground almonds
  • 2/3 cup / 110 g rice flour
  • ½ cup / 60 g fresh or frozen raspberries (approx)
  • Icing sugar (powdered/confectioner's sugar) to dust

Instructions

  1. For this recipe, you will need a 12-hole standard-sized muffin tin or a Friand tin (it will make 9).
  2. Zest the lemon for the tablespoon of zest and leave it aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, over a low heat, melt the butter. Leave it in the saucepan and set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan/convection oven or 170°C conventional oven, on bake, with a rack situated in the centre of the oven.
  5. Separate the eggs, placing the whites into a medium-sized bowl.
  6. Lightly whisk the egg whites until they are just frothy (just break them up, this shouldn't take longer than 30 seconds).
  7. Add the lemon zest, icing sugar, ground almonds and the rice flour (also, if using either, the lemon zest or vanilla) to the egg-whites.
  8. Start whisking it all together whilst pouring in the 'still warm' melted butter. Continue whisking until the batter is smooth and lump-free.
  9. Liberally spray the tin with non-stick cooking spray, including the top.
  10. Pour the batter into a pouring jug then fill the tin, nearly to the tops. Check that they all have the same amount of batter in them and if not, take some batter from the fuller ones and add it to the lesser ones.
  11. Working quickly, place the raspberries all over the tops.
  12. Place them in the oven and bake for 30 minutes standard-size or 35 minutes, oval, Friand size or until they are golden brown and the centres spring back when you gently push them. Also, a sharp knife or skewer inserted into the centres should come out clean and dry.
  13. Leave them in the tin for 10 minutes (if they have overflowed, trim them with a knife).
  14. Check the Friands haven’t stuck in the tin, if so, loosen them with a knife. Then remove them and place them on a cooling rack (or carefully flip the whole tin over onto a cooling rack and then turn them upright).
  15. If you like, dust the tops with icing sugar and serve as is or with natural yoghurt or whipped cream.
  16. Keep in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 4 days. To freshen them up a little, warm each one in the microwave for 20 seconds.

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  1. Believe me when I say these little beauties are scrumptious!!!

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