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Plum Friands

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Plum Friands
Friands are a small almond cake popular in Australia and New Zealand, similar to the French financier. This version includes a mix of olive oil and butter and is gluten free. These small cakes are a great year-round sweet to have in your repertoire, try topping them with different seasonal fruits.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
  • 100g butter
  • 80ml olive oil
  • 75g Maskal Teff ivory flour
  • 185g almond flour
  • 185g icing sugar, plus 1 tbsp for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 plums, thinly sliced
  1. Pre heat to 180c / 350f
  2. Grease a silicon tray lightly with olive oil or butter (traditionally friands are oval shaped, but you can use a muffin or cupcake tray) and place it on an oven tray (silicon molds are flexible and need a stable base).
  3. Over a low heat melt the butter. Once melted take off the heat, add the olive oil and set it aside to cool.
  4. Into a medium bowl, sift the teff flour, almond flour, icing sugar, baking powder & salt. Whisk to combine all the dry ingredients and remove any lumps.
  5. In another bowl whisk the egg whites to combine, a minute or so until a little frothy, and then slowly add and combine the cooled melted butter and oil and the vanilla to the egg whites.
  6. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and fold gently to combine into a runny batter.
  7. Spoon the mix into your molds, to just under the top. Add a couple of plum slices on top and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden.
  8. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the tray before removing them.
  9. Dust with icing sugar to serve.


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