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Delicious Raspberry Friands with step-by-step photos, including notes for making Mini Raspberry Friands.

raspberry friands on wire rack on wooden board

Recipes Using Egg Whites

If you are someone who, like me, makes a lot of custard, pastry or shortbread, you might find yourself with a lot of leftover egg whites.

I follow Nigella Lawson’s tip to freeze egg whites in small zip-lock freezer bags – usually in pairs – which means that I always have egg whites on hand to make pavlovas, meringues, and friands.

raspberry friands on cake rack with icing sugar spoon

What are Friands?

Friands are small almond-based cakes which use egg whites as the raising agent.

In France, they are known as financiers. But the story goes that a French chef working in Australia reinvented the humble financier by baking them in an aspic mould to produce what is now popular in many Australian cafés and bakeries.

What is a Friand Pan?

A traditional French aspic mould is oval in shape with an embossed star pattern at the bottom.

In Australia, these aspic moulds are sold in a tray with 6 to 12 holes, much like a muffin pan. They are hard to find outside of Australia, but you might find some stockists on Amazon.

Individual aspic moulds are sold in France and I recommend buying the non-stick variety for baking. You can find them with or without the embossed star pattern. I bought my individual aspic moulds from E. Dehillerin but you might also find them in other specialty kitchenware stores in France or online.

I also own a large collection of vintage aspic moulds which I collect whenever I get a chance to visit the flea markets in France. They also work well for baking, but you need to be extra careful about greasing the pans. I use a non-stick baking spray, plus a light dusting of flour, to make sure that the cakes slip out easily.

raspberry friands on vintage wire rack with icing sugar spoon

Mini Raspberry Friands

One of my friends recently alerted me to the existence on mini friand pans and I knew right away that I had to have one!

My children absolutely adore eating friands and I knew that I had to get the mini friand pan for them. Or that is my excuse anyway 😉

My mini friand pan has 20 holes and you would need to halve the recipe below to make just enough batter to fill them.

In hindsight, I should have bought two mini friand pans because they disappear very quickly!

If you don’t have a mini friand pan, you could also use a mini muffin tin.

mini raspberry friands on wooden board

How to Make Friands

Friands might sound fancy, but they are a doddle to make. In fact, this is a recipe which I let my children “help” me make because it is kid-proof and fool-proof.

If you are using leftover frozen egg whites, make sure you defrost them first and let them come to room temperature before using in this recipe. It is best to defrost frozen egg whites overnight in the fridge, but I usually defrost them in a bowl of warm water.

The egg whites should be whisked until they are white and frothy, and you can easily achieve this with a hand-held whisk. However, I am a lazy baker and do everything with my KitchenAid; I use one bowl to whisk the egg whites and another for the rest of the ingredients.

You can use fresh or frozen raspberries in this recipe, or any berries for that matter. Sliced plums also work great in this recipe.

Once you start making friands, you will find that they are incredibly easy to make and that the variations are endless.

how to make friands, defrost frozen egg whites

how to make friands, whisk egg whites until white and frothy

how to make friands, mix together the flour, ground almonds and icing sugar

how to make friands, mix the egg whites with the dry ingredients, melted butter and vanilla

how to make friands, fill the friand pans with batter

how to make mini friands, fill the friand pan with a tablespoon of batter

More Friand Recipes

If you are looking for more friand recipes, you might also like:

Blueberry Financiers

Lemon Drizzle Friands

Rhubarb & Vanilla Friands

raspberry friands on wooden board

Raspberry Friands

5 from 4 reviews

A delicious and easy recipe for Raspberry Friands with step-by-step photos, including notes for making Mini Raspberry Friands.

  • Author: eatlittlebird.com
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes 12 cakes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Australian

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (355°F) (without fan).
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan until it turns a pale golden colour, but be careful not to let it burn.
  3. Use some of the butter to lightly grease the friand moulds.
  4. Let the butter cool slightly to use later in the recipe.
  5. Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl and stir through the ground almonds.
  6. Place the eggwhites into another large bowl and whisk until they are white and frothy.
  7. Gently mix the frothy eggwhites into the flour mixture.
  8. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract, and stir everything together.
  9. Fill the friand tin until each mould is ⅔ full. Using an ice-cream scoop will help you to divide the batter evenly and to make even-sized friands.
  10. Place 2 to 3 raspberries into each mould.
  11. Bake the friands in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are lightly golden and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Let the friands cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Serve the friands warm or cold with a dusting of icing sugar.

Kitchen Notes

You can use fresh or frozen raspberries in this recipe.

If you are using leftover frozen egg whites, make sure they are fully defrosted and at room temperature before you start with this recipe.

The friand moulds are about ½ cup in capacity and are deeper than the standard muffin mould. So if you are using a muffin tin to make these friands, you may need to adjust the cooking time a little.

MINI FRIANDS
If you have a 20-hole mini friand pan, simply halve this recipe. Use a tablespoon measure to fill the moulds and bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden.

OVEN TEMPERATURES
All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

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

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: Per cake
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 21.2g
  • Sodium: 31.9mg
  • Fat: 16.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.7g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Protein: 5.1g
  • Cholesterol: 28.7mg

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12 comments on “Raspberry Friands

  1. Heidy L. McCallum 17 September 2018

    Your post for Raspberry Friands with step-by-step photos has made my life so much easier with specific and clear direction as to how to accomplish and make these like a champ—you rock!

    Reply
    • Eat, Little Bird 18 September 2018

      Thanks, Heidy! Hope you’ll get a chance to try this recipe soon!

      Reply
  2. Marisa Moore 17 September 2018

    I’ve never heard of these but they look and sounds delicious!

    Reply
    • Eat, Little Bird 18 September 2018

      Friands are popular mostly in Australia. But they are truly delicious and hope you’ll get a chance to try one soon!

      Reply
  3. Marc @ NoRecipes 18 September 2018

    I never realized how simple (i.e. few ingredients) it is to make these. I love that you add something tart to offset the richness of the butter.

    Reply
    • Eat, Little Bird 18 September 2018

      Indeed, it is a recipe with very few and simple ingredients. And I love that you can add different fruits to make it different each time 🙂

      Reply
  4. Marc @ NoRecipes 18 September 2018

    Oops, sorry the rating didn’t go through definitely 5 stars!

    Reply
  5. Pam Greer 18 September 2018

    I have never heard of these, but I definitely plan on making them. Now, to see if I can find a pan!

    Reply
    • Eat, Little Bird 18 September 2018

      You won’t regret making these! If you can’t find a special friand pan, a muffin pan would work too 🙂

      Reply
  6. Jacque 18 September 2018

    These sound simply amazing. I’ve never heard of them but with raspberries in them I know they will be delish!

    Reply
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