Lemon Friands (Authentic French Friand)
Friands are becoming increasingly popular. I like to think of them as cupcakes for adults, as they have a bit more of an elegant look about them. Friands originate from France, and are called "financiers" in French. This recipe is very lovely, and the lemon is not very overpowering for those who aren't huge fans of lemon flavoured recipes.
60g plain flour
1 1/3 cup icing sugar
120g almond meal
5 egg whites
grated zest of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 180 degrees fan-forced. Melt butter and let cool slightly while preparing friand tin. Sift flour, sugar into a bowl and then stir in the almond meal with a wooden spoon. Place eggwhites in a small bowl and lightly froth with a fork. Add to dry ingredients, along with melted butter and zest, stirring until comletely combined. Fill each friand hole 2/3 full and bake for 25/35 minutes until golden or skewer is clean. Leave in pan for 5 minutes before cooling on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar or vanilla bean sugar.
(Will keep for 2-3 days in airtight container, even though they are best eaten that day!)
Note: If you don't have a friand tin, pour the batter into a cupcake/muffin tin. I bought my tin from Baker's Secret which has an adorable little flower mould in the bottom of it. To buy it or look at it, simply click here