Saturday, November 9, 2013

Orange blossom friands - Financiers à la fleur d'oranger

Friands are one of the easiest things to do in bakery. Really. I am nothing like an
experienced baker, but when I discovered my passion for cooking in general and pâtisserie in particular, I remenber friands were one of the little things that added confidence to keep baking. The fact that I could mix a few ingredients , and turn them into something not only edible, but that also tastes good helped me a lot.
This recipe makes approx. 28 little friands, but it can easily be halved if that's too much for you. The mixture can be left to stand at room temperature if making the friands in small batches. They are delicious eaten warm; they freeze very well; thaw at room temperature, reheat a little bit in the oven (I am not a big fan of cakes reheated in the microwave, but it's up to your taste to do so) and enjoy.

Adapted from australian women's weekly afternoon tea
Makes 28
6 egg whites
185 g butter, melted
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp orange blossom water
120 g ground almonds
215 g icing sugar
75 g all-purpose flour
40 g candied orange peel, chopped
Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease individual tart moulds with butter.
1. Place egg whites in a medium bowl; whisk lightly with fork until combined. Add butter, honey, orange blossom water, ground almonds, sifted icing sugar and flour, and stir until combined. Lastly, gently mix in the candied orange. Half fill the moulds with the mixture.
2. Bake for about 12 minutes. Stand friands 5 minutes before turning top-side up onto wire rack to cool before serving.



Pour 28 parts
6 blancs d'œufs
185 g de beurre fondu
2 càs de miel
1 càs d'eau de fleur d'oranger
120 g de poudre d'amandes
215 g de sucre glace tamisé
75 g de farine tamisée
40 g de dés d'oranges confites
Préchauffer le four à 200°C et graisser les moules à financiers.
1. Placer les blancs d'œufs dans un saladier; fouetter légèrement à l'aide d'une fourchette. Ajouter le beurre, le miel, l'eau de fleur d'oranger, la poudre d'amandes, le sucre glace et la farine; remuer afin de bien combiner l'ensemble. Ajouter enfin, et en mélangeant délicatement les dés d'orange confite. Verser la pâte aux 3/4 des moules.
2. Enfourner pour environ 12 minutes. Sortir les financiers et les laisser reposer 5 minutes avant de démouler et servir.

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