Friands are small oval shaped cakes made from ground almonds. They are very popular in Australia and New Zealand. Although they are usually made in a special pan with oval cups it is also possible to use a muffin pan.
Ground almonds are usually the main ingredient in friands. However it is easy to make them using a variety of different nuts. For these Orange Pistachio Friands that is what I did. I used pistachios which I ground finely myself. Of course if you can find ground pistachios in your local stores that would make an easier recipe. But it is really quite easy to grind the pistachios quite finely, using a food processor.
When doing that it is made easier by adding in some icing sugar. That prevents a pistachios becoming a paste.
This is a very simple recipe. Having ground the pistachios you mix together the dry ingredients. Then you have to beat egg whites until they are frothy. Fold them into the dry ingredients. The final stage for the batter is to fold in melted butter.
Next divide the batter into greased friand or muffin cups. Then, if you wish, you can simply bake the cakes. However adding some chopped pistachios to the top of the batter will give a whole new dimension to the cakes. Going even further, using some orange syrup to the baked cakes makes them even better.
If you don’t have a friand pan you can use a muffin pan. That works very well.
This is a very simple and quick recipe. But the resultant cakes are very good indeed.
My friands baked very well indeed. I baked them for 24 minutes and allowed them to cool for two minutes. Then I gently loosened them and transferred them to a wire rack. I brushed over the simple orange syrup. Then I allowed them to cool completely.
The taste was simply wonderful. The flavour of pistachio in the cake, as well as the orange, was very good indeed. The addition of the chopped pistachios gave a lovely crunchy texture too. The glaze hardened too and gave a sweet orange flavour to enhance the whole friand.
For more friand recipes you can use the search feature on this blog. But one such recipe you might enjoy is Lemon Drizzle Friands.
Orange Pistachio FriandsCourse: CakesCuisine: AustralianDifficulty: Easy
185g(13 tbsp + 1 tsp) melted unsalted butter
225g(1 3/4 cup) icing sugar
75g(1/2 cup, based on scooping packed flour into a 250ml cup) plain flour
125g(1 cup) raw pistachios
6 medium egg whites(large in USA)
zest from 2 oranges
50g(6 tbsp) raw pistachios, roughly chopped
60ml(1/4 cup) orange juice
100g(1/2 cup) caster sugar
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/400F.
- Grease a friand or muffin pan.
- Place the 125g pistachios into the bowl of a food processor and add in about 4 tbsp of icing sugar.
- Process them until the pistachios have broken down into fine crumbs.
- Tip that mixture into a large bowl and add in the flour, zest remaining icing sugar and mix to fully combine.
- Beat the egg whites until they are froth. This should take about 10 seconds.
- Add the egg whites into the dry ingredients and fold in until the mixture is fully combined into a thick batter.
- Add the melted butter and fold in until fully combined, this will take a couple of minutes but it will fully emulsify.
- Divide the batter equally into the cups of your pan.
- Sprinkle chopped pistachios onto the top of the batter.
- Bake the friands in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until they have risen well and a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and leave for 3 minutes then carefully transfer to a wire rack.
- Place the orange juice and sugar into a saucepan.
- Place on the stove and bring to the boil, stirring to combine.
- Boil the syrup for 2 minutes, watching it to ensure it doesn’t boil over.
- Transfer the syrup to a bowl and leave for a few minutes to thicken up as it cools.
- Brush the syrup onto the top of the friands and leave to set up(you can repeat the brushing if you want a thicker coating).