These classic French sweet treats are perfect with an afternoon cuppa; toppings can be added to the friands prior to baking. Some of our favourites are Te Mata Just Fig Preserve with sliced almonds; Peplers’ Black Doris Plum Jam with smashed pistachio; or even San Ignacio’s Dulce de Leche with coconut thread, but there are so many flavour choices, the sky really is the limit.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Lightly oil a 12-portion friand tin.
Add the egg whites to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Using a fork, lightly whisk egg whites until light and frothy.
Add flour and almond meal; still using a fork, mix to combine completely.
Add vanilla essence and melted butter; once again, mix to combine.
Add icing sugar, using a spatula, mix to combine.
Pour the mixture into the friand moulds and add a ¼ teaspoon of plum jam and a sprinkle of smashed pistachio nuts.
Bake for 18-20 mins in the preheated oven.
Remove from oven and cool in tin slightly before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
7 eggs, whites only
130g plain flour
140g ground almond
200g unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
260g icing sugar, sifted
12 x 1⁄4-teaspoons Peplers black doris plum jam
10g pistachio nuts, smashed