Raspberry & lemon friands
Christmas family recipes

Makes 12 friands

With the advent of my gluten-free diet, friands have become my new best friend at cafes. Friands have the lovely light richness from almond meal, a tangy citrus contrast and with a bit of luck, a generous amount of fruit on top. All in a satisfying serving size that lasts the distance to that bittersweet last mouthful of coffee.

I was surprised to find that recipes for friands are not as plentiful as you would expect, this one is a photocopied recipe from a friend (always the best recipes).

  • 180g unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 180g icing sugar
  • 100g almond meal
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
  • 5 egg whites
  • 20 raspberries

Preheat oven to 200C.Grease a 12-hole friand tin.Melt butter in a small saucepan over a low heat and cook for 1 minute or until golden. Sift plain flour and icing sugar into a mixing bowl.Stir in almond meal and lemon zest. Lightly beat eggwhites with a fork and stir into dry ingredients. Spoon mixture into tin, filling each hole two-thirds full and gently press two raspberries into each friand. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 180C and cook for another 15-20 minutes until golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in tins for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.


  • A regular muffin tin or deep patty pan tins can be used.
  • Make larger friands by filling only 8-10 holes.
  • What to do with 5 egg yolks? See custard recipe with Christmas pudding.
  • I have successfully adjusted the recipe using 100g butter, 3 whole eggs instead of 5 egg whites and adding the juice of the lemon.
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