Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Raspberry and vanilla friands with cacao nibs

Raspberry and vanilla friand with cacao nibs / Vaarika-vanillifriandid kakaotükikestega

Here's another delicious friand recipe, following the lingonberry and coconut friands and blueberry and lemon friands I wrote about last year. I'm still in love with those Australian little cakes, and whenever I have excess egg whites, I bake these as opposed to meringues or mini-Pavlovas.

Raspberry and vanilla friands with cacao nibs
(Vaarika-vanillifriandid kakaotükikestega)
Makes eight, suitable for freezing

Raspberry and vanilla friand with cacao nibs / Vaarika-vanillifriandid kakaotükikestega

100 g unsalted butter, melted (1 stick minus 1 Tbsp)
125 g icing sugar/confectioner's sugar (1 cup)
30 g plain flour/all-purpose flour (50 ml or 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp)
80 g finely ground almonds (1 cup)
3 medium-sized egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
50 g whole raspberries (a generous handful)
a handful of roasted cacao nibs (optional)

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, vanilla and the cooled melted butter. Stir very gently to form a soft batter.
Divide the batter among the tins. Sprinkle some raspberries and cacao nibs 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, dust lightly with icing sugar.


Anonymous said...

How do I convert your measurements to Cups and Teaspoons/Tablespoons?

Pille said...

Anon, I'll amend the recipe and add the American measures as well..

Juc said...

Millised armsad friandid. ma olen täielik vaarika fänn, eriti kui nad küpsetiste sees on! Pildid on ka väga ilusad!

L'angolo cottura di Babi said...

I really like your blog, and I want to try very soon this recipe. Thank you!

Gitte said...

Looks simply wonderful. Cacao nips, are they sweet? Pure cacao, right?

Pille said...

Juc, aitäh! Mul endal tulid nüüüd neelud vaarika-brownie'de järele :)

Babi - I hope you'll enjoy this!

Gitte, they're not sweet, just a wee bit bitter. Wonderful - both in terms of flavour and texture (yes, they're chopped roasted pure cacao beans).