Christmas spiced friands

Christmas spiced friands

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes 10
These light cakes may just be the perfect pudding after an enormous Christmas dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal292
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 6 egg whites
  • 75g plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch grated nutmeg



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • pinch ground ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 200g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 140g ground almonds


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place the butter in a small saucepan and heat until foaming and browned. Remove from the heat and pour through a sieve, then leave to cool. Discard the white solids, leaving only the melted butter. Grease 10-holes of a friand or muffin tin with a little of the butter. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until just frothy. Sift over the flour, spices and icing sugar. Scatter with ground almonds and pour in the cooled butter. Fold into the egg whites and mix until smooth and without any lumps. You can chill the friand mix at this stage for 2 days before baking.

  2. Fill each hole with some of the mix and place the tin or tins on a baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 mins until the friands have risen and are golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for about 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack. Eat slightly warm or completely cool, but the friands are best eaten on the day of baking. Dust with icing sugar before serving with Chestnut fool (see 'Goes well with').

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18th Dec, 2016
Lovely cakes! I followed the recipe and these little marvels came out light and delicious. Great idea for a light Xmas treat.
23rd Dec, 2011
any ideas please.. I have someone who is gluten intolerante and allergic to almonds anything i can subsitute for the almonds... i have gluten free flour.. thanks.x
21st Dec, 2011
I made these friands for a Christmas coffee morning with my friends. Everyone loved them. I cooked them at 170 in a fan oven for 25 mins. Sprinkled them with flaked almonds before I put them into the oven. Yum with a big dollop of cream!
30th Nov, 2010
Didnt really work out. I think that the temperature is too high. Most of the friands came out burnt. I think a little longer at a lower temperature next time.
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