You say friand, I say financier… This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – coconut friands (p 456) – threw me into a bit of a spin. I have heard my mum talking about friands, which all along I had thought was just a different name for financiers – turns out even Dorie was confused – read her excellent post which includes the history of the financier here. Well in actual fact, they are related – whilst financiers are rectangular in shape, friands tend to be oval or round (baked in mini muffin pans) and friands often contain fruit whilst financiers tend to be simple and elegant (butter, egg whites, almonds and sugar – can’t go wrong). I know my mum and dad like friands because they are small – a nice alternative to a huge muffin or biscuit (cookie for you North Americans) with a cup of tea or coffee – so I was keen to try these out.
In fact, because in this version the ground almonds are replaced with coconut, these reminded me much more of macaroons (yes, with two Os!) than a tea cake – and I was pleasantly surprised they were lovely and light with a good chewy texture, and not too sweet. Perfect for a mid-morning (or afternoon) treat. These are so easy I will be making them again – they’d be perfect for a ladies’ afternoon tea!
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