Blueberry Friand Recipe
These soft, moist almond-flavoured cakes are topped with blueberries, but any type of berry could be used. We like to serve friands warm or at room temperature, on their own or with cream or ice cream.
Preparation time: about 20 minutes (excludes baking time)
Makes 6 friands.
We use a 250ml measuring cup for all of our recipes.
4 large egg whites (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)
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
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.
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). © exclusivelyfood.com.au
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 freeze, individually wrap cooled friands in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container in the freezer.
To serve, bring to room temperature or warm in the microwave, and then dust liberally with icing sugar. © www.exclusivelyfood.com.au