Tasty little cakes made from egg whites and ground almonds with only a smidgen of flour. These cinnamon choc chip friands are easy to make gluten free.
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.
Cinnamon Choc Chip Friands
I have a sneaking suspicion that friands are going to be my new passion! They are dead simple to make and really delicious. They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They have a lovely light aroma and taste of cinnamon and the dark chocolate balances the sweetness really well.
Using only four moulds would have given a deeper cake, but I think they work well half filled; as a result there is more crispness per cake and it makes for a daintier portion. Or do I just mean an excuse to have a second one?
To make them gluten free, just swap out the flour for a gluten-free version. I find buckwheat flour gives a good result.
What To Make With Leftover Egg Yolks
This recipe leaves two leftover egg yolks. However, I always see this as a good opportunity to make something else. That something else is usually some sort of custard. But there are other delicious options.
Here are all the recipes on Tin and Thyme that use only egg yolks.
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 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.