Wednesday, March 16, 2011

North meets South: Lingonberry and Coconut Friands

Coconut & lingonberry friands

Friands again. I wrote about these dainty Australian cakes just a short time ago when posting a recipe for blueberry and lemon friands. This is the same basic recipe, but I wanted to use coconut this time and paired the pure white coconut with bright red lingonberries. The combination worked like a dream!
I am pretty sure that lingonberries - while widely available and used here in Estonia - are hard to come buy Down Under, so in a way it's a North-meets-South fusion recipe :)

Again, it's an excellent recipe for using up those egg whites, when you're tired of making meringues and mini-Pavlovas.

Coconut and Lingonberry Friands
Makes 8 regular-sized friands

100 g unsalted butter, melted
125 g icing sugar/confectioner's sugar
30 g plain flour/all-purpose flour (50 ml or 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp)
50 g finely ground almonds
50 g grated/desiccated coconut
3 medium-sized egg whites
a very generous handful of lingonberries

Preheat the oven to 200C. Generously butter eight non-stick friand or muffin tins.
Sift the icing sugar and flour into a bowl, add the almonds and mix.
Whisk the egg whites in another bowl until they form a light, floppy foam.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, pour in the egg whites, then lightly stir in the butter to form a soft batter.
Divide the batter among the tins. Sprinkle some berries (I used about a tablespoon for each) and flaked coconut over each cake.
Bake in the middle of a pre-heated 200 C oven for about 20 minutes, until just firm to the touch and golden brown on top.
Cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. To serve, sprinkle with more coconut


Megan said...

In Australia our most well-known lingonberries tend to come in a jar from a certain furniture manufacturer, but rest assured, it's possible to find them in a few specialty shops! :)

Gloria said...

Pille, thanks for stopping by! These lingoberry look delicious! gloria

Pene said...

They look yummy! I suggest using sea-buckthorn or red currant berries.

Tuuli said...

Pille - üks tunnustus sulle ja sinu blogile ootab sind minu blogis. Täpsem info juba sealt :)

Pille said...

Megan - I wonder which certain furniture manufacturer are you talking about ;)

Gloria - thank you!

Pene - I'll definitely try with redcurrants, come summer! Re: sea buckthorn berries, I'm afraid the seeds would bother me in a cake..

Tuuli - oi, kui armas! Aitäh!!!