Forget Friday night with friends, why not decide to throw a fun, low-key get together this weekday. On any typical weekend you may find yourself preparing for an important occasion like a surprise birthday, but why wait so long to catch up with friends. A casual approach to low stress entertaining is much easier and doesn’t mean it cannot be somewhat special so why not make as much make-ahead food in advance. This way you can enjoy an all easy, comfortable evening with friends and arouse their senses to a moist, decadent and sumptuous fruity friand…some might say the best part to any evening!

Makes 10-12, ideal for sharing over a cup of tea
Shopping List:

5 large egg whites
180 grams icing sugar, sifted
150 grams unsalted butter, melted
90 grams ground almonds
50 grams plain flour, sifted
A small punnet of blackberries (or why not try 2 figs, cut into fifths, raspberries, small strawberries or blueberries)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200˚C/ 400˚F/ Gas mark 6.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites using a handheld egg beater. Whisk the egg whites until lightly combined into a frothy, bubbly mixture. (this normally takes about 3-4 minutes)

Once the egg whites are frothy, pour in the melted butter and ground almonds and mix well with a spatula. Next, sift in the icing sugar and flour and mix again until well combined and set aside.

Next, lightly grease a small friand tray or small cupcake tray and fill each mould two thirds full with the friand batter.

Once the trays are set with the batter, place a blackberry at the top of each friand and bake on the middle shelf for 20-25 minutes, until golden on top. (If you are using blueberries, place 3-4 on top of each friand or 1-2 raspberries or a small strawberry or if not a slice of fresh fig)

Once the friands are baked, set aside to cool for 10 minutes and dust with a little icing sugar, serve warm with a nice hot beverage and a side dish of a girlie natter!

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