Very lemony friands

baking, lemon, thermomix

There is more to this French 'lovely' then simply being a different shape. If you don't want to buy a Friand tin pop the mixture into muffin pans.

A Friand recipe will require you to melt the butter before incorporating into other ingredients. In addition you only use the egg white and whisk them into stiff peaks. As with macaron making you can be left with industrial quantities of egg yolks if you don't buy the egg whites in cartons. However, if you own a Thermomix making crème pâttisière couldn't be simpler so use the egg yolks here and ring the changes with different flavours, a spoonful or two of pistachio paste ( or of course chocolate ) is wonderful.

I came across the idea of drizzling with a lemony icing ( not a traditional Friand idea) in the lovely blog eatlittlebird– do take a look there for other super ideas.

lemon drizzle friands

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Thin zest of a lemon

250g sugar

160g butter, melted

100g flour

125g ground almonds/almond meal

6 egg whites, room temperature, stiffly beaten

For the drizzle icing

200g sugar

Thin zest of a lemon and sufficient lemon juice for a runny icing.

Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F

Prepare 12 hole Friand tin ( or muffin tin)


If using the Thermomix to whisk your egg whites do this first and reserve. Alternatively whisk stiffly using a hand held electric whisk. Set aside.

Grate the lemon rind and sugar sp10, 20 seconds. If not using a Thermomix use icing /powdered sugar and add to finely grated zest.

Tip out the flavoured sugar and set aside.

melt butter in TM bowl so 3, 50°- if your butter is room temperature this won't take long. Alternatively melt butter in a saucepan.

Add sugar, flour and almonds and blend sp4

Insert butterfly whisk and add whisked egg whites, mix well to incorporate sp4. Mixture will look light, fluffy and free of lumps when peeping through the lid.

Divide evenly into 12 lightly buttered tins

Bake for 16-18 minutes. Test for doneness.

Cool on a rack before drizzling with icing.




Friands on my Guernsey chopping board

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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

3 thoughts on “Very lemony friands”

    • Thank you! I, too have a cardomen citrus fave which I make in a loaf tin. You sent me rushing to google wondering if I have misspelt Friand. Apparently it can be with or without the ‘e’ 🙂

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