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Cinnamon Choc Chip Friands

 A while back, ahem, I had two egg whites left over from the coconut cream pie I made. Since making friands for the first time just after Christmas, I had something other than meringues or macaroons to use them in and I was keen to experiment some more.

This is what I did:

  • Melted 60g unsalted butter and put aside to cool a little.
  • Whisked two egg whites until frothy but not stiff.
  • Folded in melted butter.
  • Gently stirred in 80g sifted icing sugar, 30g sifted flour, 40g ground almonds and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
  • Added 35g chopped 70% dark chocolate.
  • Divided mixture between 6 buttered muffin moulds and sprinkled a few flaked almonds on the tops.
  • Baked at 180C for 22 minutes.
  • Turned out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Dusted with icing sugar.

I have a sneaking suspicion that friands are going to be my new passion! They are dead simple to make and really delicious. These were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. There was a lovely light aroma and taste of cinnamon and the dark chocolate balanced the sweetness really well. Using only 4 moulds would have given a deeper cake, but I thought they worked well half filled; as a result there was more crispness per cake and it meant for a daintier portion – or do I just mean an excuse to have a second one!

I am contributing this to Ruth Clemens’ Save the Children Recipe Challenge over at the Pink Whisk. The amount of malnutrition and starvation in our world is truly shocking. You can help a little by Naming A Day over at Save the Children. This campaign aims to get David Cameron to name a day to hold a summit on global hunger.


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    11th March 2012

    Oh you are speaking to my heart when you say chocolate chip friands. Great recipe, they look so good ;0)

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      11th March 2012

      Understand friands are really popular in Oz – if you’ve got any good recipes would love to see them 🙂

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    Green Dragonette
    11th March 2012

    They look scrummy!!

    Just need to have some left over egg whites…what the heck-I’ll just make these and have some left over yolks instead!!

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    11th March 2012

    They look beautiful. I can totally understand how these will become your knew favourites. I think I’m in love already!

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      11th March 2012

      Dom, we’re a fickle lot us bakers, but I really do want to try more of these.

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    11th March 2012

    These look super tasty…and just a little bit moreish…I’d start with the best of intentions and only intend to eat one…but would probably end up eating at least 5!!! I went to a nice restaurant recently and they gave us a breakfast bag on the way out which had Friands in it amongst other things! 🙂

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      11th March 2012

      Friands for breakfast? I like that idea. Getting a breakfast bag sounds rather fun too.

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    11th March 2012

    Only 2 egg whites! That’s a frugal version of them too. They look perfect!

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    Johanna GGG
    11th March 2012

    I’ve only ever had friands from shops but I always think they are not so different from muffins – these sounds great – I have one egg white and possibly will have another if I make the cake again but I had some egg yolk in one so I have ruled out anything that needs egg whites too fluffy but maybe this would work – love the flavour cobmination

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      11th March 2012

      Johanna, yes duffed up egg whites would be fine in these. I’ve never seen one in a shop over here, but the ones I’ve made are nothing like muffins, they have quite a different texture.

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      11th March 2012

      Thanks for visiting Janet. I hadn’t had one either until I made some – simple and delicious, what could be better?

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    11th March 2012

    They look lovely, and I like the idea of the crisp outside contrasting against the soft middle – very inviting indeed.

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      11th March 2012

      Rather too inviting C. These and Nonnettes are my new found loves – France has a lot to answer for!

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    11th March 2012

    I’ve never made a friand before- thank you for the inspiration Choclette… do you have a specific friand tin? I think I’ve spotted those on the shelves of Lakeland, John Lewis et al!

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      11th March 2012

      No specific tin required. I just used muffin moulds and didn’t fill them. I have a feeling they are traditionally in an oval shape, but they look good as rounds too.

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    11th March 2012

    I’ve never tried friands, but I love the chocolate-cinnamon combination and they sound really simple to make – will ave to bookmark this for the next time I have egg whites to spare!

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    Joanna @ Zeb Bakes
    11th March 2012

    Scrumptious ! I love friands – I make the ones with raisins in sometimes. They have a wonderful texture and such a great alternative to meringues. Yours look really beautiful 🙂

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    12th March 2012

    I love the look of these and can’t wait to try them. Oooh yum.

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    12th March 2012

    I’ve never made friands, in fact I don’t think I’ve even ever eaten them! Definitely something I need to remedy as they look and sound delicious (and a much better way of using up egg whites than macarons, which I used to do – I’ve decided they’re far too sweet for me!).

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    Charlotte Pike
    12th March 2012

    Fab! I need to try these very soon! Thank you for sharing this recipe – looks simple but produces fantastic results!


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    Mozart's Girl
    13th March 2012

    Love friands…I always bring some packs of friand cases home from trips to Australia as they are so quick & easy to bake & so delicious. simple to make gluten-free too, which is becoming more important on my Farmers Market stall.I particularly like raspberry or blueberry ones…but I may just give chocolate chip a whirl! x

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    13th March 2012

    These sound and looks scrummy! Will try one of these days 🙂

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    13th March 2012

    I’ve made friands once, I think it was a Donna Hay recipe with blueberries. Need to try them again. Yous look …well yummy 🙂

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    Javelin Warrior
    13th March 2012

    It’s such a worthy cause and these friands look delicious – and the dark chocolate looks like the perfect addition…

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    13th March 2012

    What a great and also easy recipe to follow. And it produces such delicious little cakes that look as light as a feather! I must join you in supporting such a worthwhile campaign too, thanks xx

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    13th March 2012

    They look cute not tried these before 🙂 Like the idea of htem being so light.

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    Karen S Booth
    13th March 2012

    OH yes indeedy! I do love a Friand and yours look JUST amazing! I am so pleased to see that you have linked these gorgeous little numbers in with The Pink Whisk and her Save the Children campaign – fabulous! Karen

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    14th March 2012

    Never heard of friands before but they look amazing! Oh I’d love to try one!!

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    15th March 2012

    Thanks so much for taking part in our campaign to end child hunger. Your recipe is v.much appreciated! Rosie, Save the Children

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