Raspberry Friands

by | Nov 21, 2011 | 22 comments

Friands are based on financiers, the famous French pastry made with almond meal, powdered sugar and egg whites. With a delicate frangipane-like texture and a crisp sweet flavour, friands are punctuated by the addition of fruits, chocolates and nuts as a topping.

When I make ice cream, I make friands. It is a happy arrangement that works well for me. Ice cream needs egg yolk and friand needs egg white. Two delicious birds with one baking stone! During the warmer months when I have a hankering for friands, I just make custard out of the yolk.


This raspberry friand recipe is adapted from Donna Hay’s Modern Classics 2. It is a baking book that I absolutely revere and have been baking from for the past four years. The friand recipe is a gorgeous basic recipe that I bake every time with just a change of topping.

Keeping the base recipe the same, I have baked friands topped with pecan nuts and maple syrup, strawberries, chocolate chips and baby marshmallows, blueberries and mars bar. It bakes beautifully every single time and is one of the easiest pastries I have ever whipped up. They make gorgeous little tea cakes!


Raspberry Friands

Adapted from Modern Classics 2 - Donna Hay
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Course // Baking, Cake
Cuisine // French, Modern Australian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 125 g butter
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 2/3 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 cup plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 egg whites, lightly whisked
  • 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
  • melted butter, to grease
  • flour or breadcrumbs, to coat pan


  • Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Place butter in a saucepan over low heat. Cook until melted completely. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Combine almond meal, icing sugar, flour and baking powder in a bowl. Stir to mix. Add the egg whites and stir gently with a wooden spoon to mix. Add butter and mix well.
  • Grease a 10 X 1/2 cup capacity friend or muffin tin with melted butter. Dust with flour or breadcrumbs. Spoon two tablespoons of mixture into each cup and sprinkle with frozen raspberries.
  • Bake in preheated oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until cooked, risen, golden and still moist in the centre.
  • Dust with icing sugar to serve.
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  1. El

    The friands are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never tried one but am bookmarking your page now. Lovely!

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    These are just delightful! I would have to resist devouring the whole batch of these beauties!

  3. Nic@diningwithastud

    So pretty and perfect with either ice cream or custard 😉

  4. penny aka jeroxie

    If I am making pasta again soon, then I will save the egg whites for these 🙂

  5. alpana

    Super yummy looking Raspberry Friands……thanks for sharing.

  6. Food Wine Sleep

    Yummo these friands look awesome, and so easy to make. Have bookmarked your recipe to give these a go.

  7. sugarpuffi

    they look so delicious! i need to get myself some friand tins and make some!

  8. Farwin @ LoveandotherSpices

    Just the other day I was thinking of pistachio friands but never got to making it.But seeing these fab raspberry friands make me want to go bake some.

  9. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    I so need to get a friand tin!! I love raspberry friends, but have never made any. Yours look gorgeous. Can I have one please? 😀

  10. Sanjeeta kk

    Heard the name for the very first time..and the bake looks very pretty!

  11. Darren

    I was wondering if Almond meal is the same as crushed almonds. I too used almond meal, but the recipe I was following noted “crushed almonds”. Still tasted great, and Im glad I found your recipe using almond meal.


  12. Nash at Plateful

    Gorgeous Friands, Sneh! But I’d have loved seeing your baby devour one 🙂 Btw, did you get started on the photo ratings? I wish we could have a roundtable meeting for this task, would have been fun too.

  13. Patricia Scarpin

    They look beautiful! I love that book too, if packed with wonderful recipes (that work every time).
    I make a lot of ice cream (even in the winter) and I always have a stash of egg whites in the freezer – they end up in financier form lots of times. 😀

  14. Giulia

    I am so glad I found your blog through Pinterest! I have a food photography blog and your photos are going to play a big inspiration! 🙂

  15. Aqiyl Aniys

    Your raspberry friands look awesome. You take beautiful pictures.

  16. Anine

    Hi! I made these today, but they just tasted like egg! Did I do something wrong? Anine

  17. Claudia

    What do I do with the egg whites? lightly whip?

    • Sneh

      yes! Thanks for that Claudia, I have fixed it in the ingredient list. x


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