Orange and Poppy Seed Friands
A Friand, originally from France, is traditionally made mainly with ground almond, melted butter and only a small amount of flour and have become popular not only in Europe but also in Australia and New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand friands typically have additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. Australian / New Zealand friands are also baked in oval shapes.
- Bake easy spread, to grease
- 180g butter, chopped
- 75g plain flour
- 120g icing sugar mixture
- 3 oranges
- 150g almond meal
- 3 tbs poppy seeds
- 5 egg whites
- 110g caster sugar
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly oil 10 friand pans. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium-low heat, then simmer for 5 minutes until golden brown (take care not to burn). Cool slightly.
- Finely grate the rind from 2 of the oranges. Toast the poppy seeds and almond meal on a dry pan until golden. Combine the flour, icing sugar, the rind, almond meal and poppy seeds.
- Whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add to the dry ingredients, with the butter. Stir until just combined. Fill in the greased friand (muffin) pans by 3/4 and bake for 20 min until golden brown.
- Peel the rind from the remaining orange, then cut into thin strips. Juice the oranges. Combine the caster sugar and 3/4 cup (185ml) of the juice in a small saucepan. Stir over a low heat until dissolved. Add the rind and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until syrupy. Place the friands on a wire rack. Drizzle with the syrup.