These Raspberry Friands, or Financiers as they are known in France, are small almond cakes perfect for an afternoon tea table.
In France they use dedicated, small oval pans for making them. I used a mini-muffin tin with the best results. I tried several sizes but since they are fairly rich the mini-muffin or tart size was perfect.
The almond flavour comes from using almond meal (ground almonds) in the dough; egg whites provide the air, lightness and a touch of coconut and raspberries provide interest!
- Almond meal is finely ground almonds, sometimes called almond flour.
- The number of Friands you will get depends on the size your mould. I used mini-tart pans as well as smaller stand-alone mini tart shells.
- Plan on 1 raspberry for the center of each Friand.
- Bake time will vary depending on the size or your moulds so watch carefully after 15 minutes.
Tea Time Raspberry Friands
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 ⅔ cups icing sugar sifted
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 5 egg whites
- 24 fresh raspberries
- Spray a mini-tart pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 325°.
- Melt butter in microwave and reserve.
- Beat egg whites lightly in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl combined almond meal, sugar, flour, baking powder and coconut. Mix thoroughly.
- Add the egg whites and stir to combine. Add the melted butter and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Fill tart wells about ⅔ full. Place 1 fresh raspberry in the center of the batter.
- Bake 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Top edges should be starting to turn golden but not brown.
- Turn friands out after a few minutes to cool on a separate rack.
- If serving for a tea consider serving them inside small paper liners since dough can be sightly sticky.
- Friands freeze well up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature.