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