Raspberry and Hazelnut Friands for #SundaySupper

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Cakes | 40 comments

Raspberry and Hazelnut Friands for #SundaySupper

This #SundaySupper, hosted by Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks is all about Mothers, since it is Mother’s Day in the US. Though it is not here, mothers deserve to be celebrated year round, and what better way to do it than with an elegant spin on a cupcake? These Raspberry and Hazelnut Friands are easy to make and look very pretty, making them a lovely homemade gift.

 I find that cakes need a bit of a rethink when Spring establishes itself – the balmy weather and sunshine requires altogether lighter, more airy cakes with a touch of summer fruit. Friands, I am discovering, fit this description perfectly. Made with just egg whites, rather than whole eggs, and icing sugar, these cakes are as light as air. It also makes them work very well as gluten-free cakes, since most of the flour is substituted with ground almonds, so they don’t have the frequent dryness and crumbliness of other cakes.

Raspberry & Hazelnut Friands

Friands can be a pleasing change from cupcakes, because rather than being topped with masses of frosting (which I find very sickly), the decoration comes from the simplicity of  adding fruit to the batter.

Traditional friands are oval-shaped, but since I have no great necessity to bake them frequently, a simple cupcake tray does the job just as well. I also baked mine in paper cases, just to avoid any potential disaster of leaving half a friand in the tin when turning out. Perhaps next time, I will be braver!

Raspberry Friand

Just about any summer berry you care to think of could be substituted for the raspberries; I just chose them because I love their taste and because they look so pretty, even when baked. In fact, all sorts of different flavours could be tried, making them as versatile as cupcakes. I know they are already quite a craze Down Under, but I sort of hope that they don’t get quite as popular here – and risk being overdone. As in twitter trending and ‘friand cafes’, cupcake-style, rather than burnt. Not that they’d be great burnt, either.

Raspberry & Hazelnut Friands

Before I philosophise about friands any more, here’s the recipe!

Raspberry and Hazelnut Friands
Yields 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 90g butter
  2. 90g icing sugar
  3. 70g ground almonds
  4. 30g plain flour (mine was gluten-free)
  5. 3 egg whites
  6. 1 tsp lemon zest
  7. 1 tbsp toasted and finely chopped hazelnuts
  8. 15-20 raspberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a cupcake tin with paper cases (or grease).
  2. Melt the butter in a pan, then set aside to cool.
  3. Sift the icing sugar, flour and ground almonds into a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites just until they are foamy, but still liquid, rather than stiff.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients, then pour in the egg whites, butter, lemon zest and hazelnuts. Mix everything together lightly until combined.
  6. Spoon the batter into the cases and place two or three raspberries on top of each.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the friands are golden and springy to the touch.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Sprinkle each friand with a pinch of ground almonds and serve.
  1. You could substitute the ground almonds for ground hazelnuts to get even more of a hazelnut flavour.
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For more Mother’s Day treats, take a look at what the rest of the #SundaySupper group have been making:

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  1. These sound easy and delicious. I like that they are simple and the decoration comes from the fruit in the batter alone.
    Hezzi-D recently posted..Crepes #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • They are easy – simple and satisfying :)

  2. Ohhh yummy! Looks and sounds delicious!!!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Blueberry Coffee Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. Oh, they’re just gorgeous! I’m not a huge frosting fan, so these look absolutely perfect for me. I love the look of the fruit peeking out.
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Lavender Shortbread Cookies {#SundaySupper: Mother’s Day}My Profile

    • Thank you! I think that the fruit is so much nicer than a heap of frosting. There’s enough sugar in them anyway!

  4. These look amazing! I can imagine the delicate, nutty flavor and texture. I’d love one with some tea!
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious recently posted..Lemon Risotto with Seared Scallops #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! They’d be great with a cup of tea!

  5. The first time I saw a friand I thought it was the moistest muffin I had ever seen, until I tasted it and discovered a whole new thing. They look amazing and raspberries are perfect! Trends can be a bit overwhelming and downright annoying sometimes.
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Fresh Fig and Walnut Pie #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I love discovering new things in baking – these are one of my favourite finds yet!

  6. Ooh bite size perfection, Katy!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Cod with Stewed Tomatoes for #MothersDay #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. These look so good…love the portion size and the use of tart raspberries!!
    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) recently posted..Too-Good-to-Be-Lowfat Chocolate Eclair Icebox Dessert…for Mother’s Day #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! The portion size works well – until you end up eating three of them all at once!

  8. These are such a pretty and delicate dessert! I bet blackberries or blueberries would be great in them as well!
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..Lemon Meringue Pie #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I’ve seen recipes using both of those – I am definitely going to try them with blackberries in the autumn!

  9. When I could eat some nuts friands or financiers are one of my favorite things ! I wish I could just pop these little things in my mouth right now !!
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..#SundaySupper: Cornbread Pancakes with BlackberriesMy Profile

    • Oh I’m sorry! I know how hard it is to have people presenting cake when you can’t eat it! I wonder what they would turn out like just with flour?

  10. So very pretty Katy, I love them!!

  11. Love hazelnuts, they pair so well with so many things
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Espresso Brownies for a Mother’s Day #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Yes, hazelnuts are fab, aren’t they?!

  12. Ohhh, how pretty and cheery are these!! :-) Mmm, they sound so good, Katy, especially in the gluten-free version. Yum!!
    Krista recently posted..Finding Where We Matter and Maple Cumin Sweet PotatoesMy Profile

    • Thank you Krista! Do you see them a lot where you are?

  13. Katy, your friands are gorgeous! I made and tasted these for the first time this year…mine had raspberries as well…so, so yummy!
    Liz recently posted..Milky Way Brownies…#SundaySupper #Mother’s DayMy Profile

    • Thank you, Liz! Raspberries are one of my favourite berries, espeically for baking with!

  14. These friands look divine!Love the hazelnuts and raspberries in there.Pretty color and super cute :)

    • Thank you, Soni! I had no idea if hazelnuts and raspberries are a typical food pairing, but it seems to work!

  15. A light and airy, berry cupcake sounds fantastic! Perfect for spring!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..Thai Style Cabbage Salad with Crispy FishMy Profile

    • Thank you, Sarah!

  16. Oh my gosh these look so perfect for spring. I actually don’t like icing so that makes me love these even more!
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..Menu Plan and Shopping List for 5/13/13–5/17/13My Profile

    • Icing can look very pretty, but my it’s hard to eat when there’s a lot of it!

  17. These friends look delicious! I love the simplicity of them, and raspberries seem perfect.

    • Thank you! I don’t know if that was meant or a mistake, but I think ‘friends’ is a very cute name for them!

  18. Learned something new — friands! Great recipe for #SundaySupper!
    Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious recently posted..Fresh Blackberry Elderflower Sorbet for Mother’s Day #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. lol, Katy, you can philosophize about friands all you want! I’m such a foodoholic – I could listen to it all day long. Your friands are beautiful – I love those jewel coloured raspberries tucked into the top. And I’m the same as you about frosting. I’d much rather eat the cake than the cloyingly sweet topping.
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Lemon Poppyseed Layer Cake for a Chocolate Moosey Birthday!My Profile

  20. These are gorgeous treats! I would love to try some of them out…

  21. Such pretty treats! I’ve never heard of firands and after seeing this I want to makes them very soon. Even better is that summer berry season is coming and what a great way to use those berries.
    Renee recently posted..Cuban Sugar Cookies (Torticas de Moron)My Profile

  22. I’ve never heard of friands before, but these are so beautiful! Adding them to my kitchen bucket list…
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons recently posted..cold sesame noodlesMy Profile

  23. These are gorgeous, I love love raspberry and hazelnut together.
    Kim Beaulieu recently posted..Top 10 Dessert Recipes Dads Will DigMy Profile

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