Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Lemon and Almond Friands

Always on the lookout for a recipe with lemons to use up my constant supply from my generous lemon tree, I came across this recipe for Lemon Friands.

I didn´t know but Friand is the name given to a bite sized sponge cake traditionally made with a nut flour, usually almond flour. They were quite easy to bake, are moist and very tasty.
So next time you have a friend for tea, try these, they were gone in a flash!!


140 g  butter320 g icing sugar
3 tablespoons cornflour
3 tablespoons rice flour
150 g ground almonds or almond meal
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
5 egg whites, lightly whisked

2 tablespoons lemon juice
grated zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 180ºC and grease a 12 muffin tin tray.
Melt the butter over low heat and let cook for 3 or 4 minutes.
Sift the flours and Icing sugar into a bowl and stir in ground almonds or almond meal, lemon zest and juice, vanilla and melted butter and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Add the lightly whisked egg whites and mix well.

Spoon the mixture into the tins and bake for 15 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.
Remove from oven and let cool in the tins for 5 minutes before turning them out.

You can sprinkle Icing sugar over them and serve, or otherwise you can make a lemon glaze to drizzle over the friands.

Lemon Glaze: 

75gr Caster sugar
40gr butter
1/2 teaspoon cornflour
juice of 1 lemon
grated zest of 1 lemon


  1. These look amazingly yummy! Makes me want to buy a mini cupcake pan!

  2. They were good, between 2 of us, the 12 of them were gone in a flash!


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