Blueberry & lemon friands

Blueberry & lemon friands

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(32 ratings)

Ready in 40 minutes


Serves 6
Once you've tasted these light-as-air cakes, you will be hooked

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal316
  • fat22g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.09g
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  • 100g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 125g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 25g plain flour
  • 85g ground almond
  • 3 medium egg whites
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, grated rind only
  • 85g blueberry



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  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6. Generously butter six non-stick friand or muffin tins. Melt the butter and set aside to cool.

  2. Sift the icing sugar and flour into a bowl. Add the almonds and mix everything between your fingers.

  3. Whisk the egg whites in another bowl until they form a light, floppy foam. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, tip in the egg whites and lemon rind, then lightly stir in the butter to form a soft batter.

  4. Divide the batter among the tins, a large serving spoon is perfect for this job. Sprinkle a handful of blueberries over each cake and bake for 15-20 minutes until just firm to the touch and golden brown.

  5. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. To serve, dust lightly with icing sugar.

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15th Jun, 2020
Absolutely delicious!! Will definitely be baking these again ASAP. I substituted the blueberries for raspberries on half of the friands and they were just as amazing too, if not better :)
5th Mar, 2018
Lovey friands, made them in my cupcake/muffin tray as don't have a friend tray. Works just as well. Agree with Emycakes below - very sweet, in fact, too sweet, will be adjusting the flour to icing sugar ratio next time!
13th Feb, 2018
Lovely but very sweet would use less icing sugar next time. Made in a mini muffin tin so slightly less baking time.
5th Mar, 2018
Agree re: sweetness, have found other recipes with a 1:3 ratio of flour:icing sugar so will adjust accordingly next time!
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2nd Jul, 2017
Found these easy to make and everyone loved them. Especially nice if you love almond flavour but I feel the lemon gave it a lovely light taste. Lovely with a coffee. Looks and feels posher than they are. Would make a nice gift. Haven't really seen these sold in UK and was intrigued to see what they're like. I will try with raspberries or peach next time. Would suggest you definitely use unwaxed lemons as the rind enhances the flavour. Needed baking longer, another 7-10 mins in fan oven.
17th Jun, 2014
Excellent easy recipe and the results are delicious. I melted the butter and used that to grease the tin and then put the rest of the butter in the recipe as instructed. This worked really well because they came out of the tin after cooking absolutely no problem. Lovely served with a splash of cream or natural yoghurt. Will definitely make them again.
11th Jun, 2013
Delicious! Found a silicon friand tin on eBay and this was the first attempt. Might bake a batch for the freezer to take on picnics. 5 stars from me
25th Apr, 2013
I found these light, airy and delicious! I only used 50g butter (that was all I had left in the fridge), and only had XL eggs, but they were perfect! I also added a dash of vanilla. Yum!
12th Feb, 2012
This is one of the nices cakes i have ever made, it is absolutely delicious and so light it melts in the mouth, and mine looks exactly like the one in the picture. I followed the recipe to the t, the only change i needed to make is an extra 10 minutes cooking time as they weren't done in the middle after the suggested 20 mins... yum, yum I can't wait to make more
30th Jan, 2011
I love friands and this recipe has also become one of my favourites to make. very easy and deeeelish to boot! I vary the fruit to use and with raspberries, i just omit the lemon.


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