Raspberry Heart Friands

Friands are delicious almond sponges made with whipped egg whites for lightness and fresh raspberries to add a burst of colour and a sharp contrast to the sweet cake. Baked in the 6 Cup Heart Tray; for a special finish and serve with a dusting of icing sugar.


Serves 4-6

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Cook's NoteFor gluten-free friands substitute gluten-free flour for the plain flour and use gluten-free icing sugar.
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  • 115g icing sugar plus extra for dusting
  • 30g plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • Zest ½ lemon
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 115g butter, melted and cooled
  • 100g fresh raspberries


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas Mark 4.

Sift the icing sugar and flour into a medium-sized bowl to remove any lumps, then stir in the ground almonds and lemon zest.

Whisk the egg whites until they form peaks and add to the almond mixture along with the vanilla extract and the melted butter. Combine the ingredients using a folding action then lightly stir in 2/3 of the raspberries.

Divide the mixture equally between the 6 cups and top with the remaining raspberries.

Bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the centre springs back when touched.

Allow the friands to firm up in the tin for a few minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. To serve, dust with icing sugar.