Lemon Drizzle Friands

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Recipe for Lemon Drizzle Friands with step-by-step photos. Friands are similar to the French financiers and are made with ground almonds and egg whites for a light and fluffy cake.  Recipe adapted from Katie Quinn Davies, Delicious Magazine (Australian edition), February 2013, page 80


For the friands

For the lemon icing


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (355°F).
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and use some of the butter to lightly grease the friand tin. Let the butter cool slightly for later in the recipe.
  3. Sift the flour and 250 g (1 2/3 cup) icing sugar into a large bowl, and stir through the ground almonds.
  4. Place the eggwhites into another large bowl and whisk until they are white and frothy.
  5. Gently mix the frothy eggwhites into the flour mixture.
  6. Add the melted butter and zest of one lemon, and stir everything together.
  7. Fill the friand tin with the batter until each hole is 2/3 full. Using an ice-cream scoop will help you to evenly divide the batter.
  8. Bake the friands in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until they are lightly golden and a skewer inserted in the middle of a friand comes out clean.
  9. Let the friands cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. To make the icing, zest and squeeze the juice from one lemon. Mix 225 g (1 1/2 cup) icing sugar together with enough lemon juice until you have a soft, runny consistency.
  11. Drizzle the lemon icing over each friand and garnish with some lemon zest.

Kitchen Notes

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To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.