Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fancy Friands

Friands are little French tea cakes that make a nice alternative to the conventional cupcake. They are buttery yet light and made with ground almonds and icing sugar to give them a refined, moist quality. The traditional French way is to simply add almond extract, but I like to add all sorts of different things like fruits and chocolate. Today for The Tea Room cafe I made some gluten free apricot and some pear and dark chocolate friands. They look their best when golden around the edges, dusted with icing sugar and served with an espresso.

organic buckwheat flour
icing sugar
ground almonds
organic egg whites
vanilla extract
apricot halves
honey belle pears
organic dark chocolate

Images / La Tartine Gourmande

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