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Jenni of I Love Milk and Cookies, shares her Summer Berry Friands recipe. Friands or Financiers are light French tea cake, made of almond flour and beurre noisette (brown butter). Gather some friends over for tea and serve some Summer Berry Friands.

125 g (1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, diced
1 cup almond meal
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
5 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 cup fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries), sliced

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

2. Prepare a friand tin or 6 individual dariole molds by lightly brushing them with butter.

3. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat until golden in color. Set side to cool.

4. Place almond meal, icing sugar, flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Add the egg whites to the flour mixture and stir to combine.

6. Then add the cooled butter and stir until thoroughly blended.

7. Spoon the mixture into the tin/molds, dropping some berries halfway through. Fill the tins/molds 1.5-cm (1/2-in) from the top. Place a berry on top.

8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until tops are golden brown and springy to touch.

9. Cool for 10 minutes and unmold the friands by tapping the bases lightly a couple of times until they are released. Dust with icing sugar.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008
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