Preparation: 15 mins.
Cooking: 30 mins.
185g butter, melted
1 cup (110g) almond or hazelnut meal
6 egg whites, beaten lightly
1½ cups (240g) icing sugar
½ cup (75g) plain flour
Preheat the oven to moderately hot (200°C). Grease 12 oval or rectangular friand moulds or a 12-hole muffin pan (one-third-cup capacity). Combine butter, ground almonds, egg whites, sifted icing sugar and flour into a bowl, stir until combined (To add flavour variations, see below).
Divide the mixture among the prepared pans (topping with any flavour variations desired) and bake in a moderately hot oven for about 30 minutes. Turn the friends onto a wire rack to cool.
Suitable to freeze.
Not suitable to microwave.
Banana – one small banana, sliced and placed on top of the mixture before baking;
Plum – two medium plums sliced and placed on top of the mixture before baking;
Fig – two medium figs sliced , placed slices on mixture before baking;
Berry – scatter blueberries, raspberries, mulberries or blackberries over the mixture before baking;
Citrus – add two teaspoons of grated lemon or orange rind and one tablespoon of poppy seeds to the batter;
Passionfruit – drizzle the pulp of two medium passionfruit over the mixture before baking;