Now that the colder temperatures are here, us “Bakers” enjoy getting into the kitchen and produce delicious cakes, muffins scones etc. much appreciated by family and friends. Looking for something different? These Friands might do the trick.
Friands are the French way of making muffins except that they are oval and made with almond meal.
They can easily be made in a muffin tin.
Here is a French recipe.

175 g unsalted butter
1 cup almond meal (or ground almonds, skin on)
1 tablsp. Finely grated lemon rind
1 + 2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
5 tablsp. Plain flour, sifted
5 egg whites whipped
Berries for on top
Extra icing sugar

Melt butter over low heat and cook till it is a very light golden colour.
Place almond, lemon rind, icing sugar and flour in a bowl and mix till combined.
Add melted butter and mix in.
Add whipped egg whites, mix in till combined.
Pour mixture into a lined Friand tin or medium muffin tin.
Place a few berries on each, or ½ teasp. berry jam
Bake in preheated 200C oven for 15 minutes or until golden and springy to touch.
Take out of the liners and cool on a wire rack.
Dust with extra icing sugar.
Makes 12