Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
Posting for the ZWT Australia/ New Zealand Found on the web at about.com "The "Friand" is a small, moist cake made with almond meal and flour. It is of French origin and may be related to the Parisian "financier" cake. Through the years the Friand has become a popular treat in the Australian cafe scene. While delicate and delicious on its own, the Friand can also be flavored with fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, lemon or orange. This particular recipe gives the Friand a tropical touch with fresh mango and desiccated coconut." I think a cheek of mano is probably half a mango LOL and you need a 6 mini loaf tins to hold 1/2 cup of liquid
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°F
- Grease six mini loaf tins. Set aside
- Combine castor sugar, flour, almond meal and coconut in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the egg whites and stir well with a wooden spoon.
- Add the melted butter and stir well to combine all the ingredients.
- Spoon the mixture into the tins so that it reaches 3/4 of the way up the side.
- Press several pieces of mango into the cake mixture in each tin. Do the same with the dried cranberries.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden. Test the cake by skewering a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean the cake is ready.
- Remove cakes from the oven and cool in tins for about 4 minutes.
- Gently turn the cakes out of the tins and cool on a wire rack.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar just before serving.
- To store, keep friands in a air-tight container for up to a week.
These are fantastic! So easy to make, yet full of flavor...and they look great to boot. Made with Gluten-Free Flour Mixture (Number One) to make them gluten free. Thanks for sharing. Made for Aussie Swap June 2009.