During my thrifty uni days, buying a friand for my afternoon tea has to be a special treat. Ironically, now that I know that friands are so easily made, I hardly buy them from cafes anymore.
This basic friand recipe originated from Donna Hay and was baked and posted by Daily Delicious. These soft, moist almond-flavoured cakes made with fresh nectarine are so easy to make and so good to eat.
Here's the recipe from Daily Delicious (with my modification in blue)
3 egg whites
1 cup (110g) almond meal (ground almonds)
½ cup (75g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted
¼ cup (40g) self-raising flour
50g butter, melted (I replace this with Alfa one spread)
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind (I didn't use this)
1 large nectarine, halved and thinly sliced
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place egg whites, almond meal, sugar, flour, butter and lemon rind in a bowl and mix to combine.
Spoon the mixture into 12 lightly greased ¼ cup (60ml) capacity patty tins and top with a slice of nectarine. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until puffed and golden.