I popped by my old blog the other day and scrawled through entries posted almost 4 years ago and noticed how often I baked friands. I seemed to alternate between blueberry friands and raspberry friands; it's no wonder that the boy started to get addicted to them. And well, you'd think that after so many times baking friands, I would've got the recipe spot on but to this day, I'm still trying to get it right. Here's a batch of mixed berry friands (a good compromise between blueberry and raspberry friands) that were cooked on the 'bake' setting on my oven. Usually I use the 'fan forced' setting but found that the sides of the friand were browning a bit too quickly when I wasn't keeping an eye on the oven.
Ingredients - 180g butter, 160g icing sugar, 75g plain flour, 125g ground almonds, 5 egg whites, zest of 1 lemon, 125g mixed berries.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Butter a 12 hole friand mould. Melt the butter and allow to cool. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, and mix in the ground almonds. Lightly beat the egg whites with a fork for 30 seconds, then stir into the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter and lemon zest and stir well. Divide the mix into the friand tin, top with mixed berries and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Test with a skewer to check if they are ready. When ready, take out of the oven and cool for 10 minutes before unmoulding onto a cooling rack.
On the 'bake' setting of the oven, the friands came out less brown than usual.
On top of the friands being less brown, I also managed to get a full batch of 12 friands. Usually I manage to only get the 9 or 10. The friands stuck to the tin quite a bit this time but that could've been because I was eager to eat one and tried pulling them out of the tin as soon as they came out of the oven. (Usually when you rest for the full 10 minutes, the sides of the friand pull away from the tin so you can just tip the whole tin upside down and they'll fall out).
On the whole, a success because these friands tasted lovely. And I'm out of berries for now so my next batch of friands will be something a bit different!