Thursday, April 21, 2011

Orange & Poppy Seed Friands

I have been very busy with office work lately and thus explained why I was not updating here. Too tired to bake and do the washing up :p

When Chef Dennis wrote this on his blog some weeks back on Sarah Jane and her show ...I was like  "wow it's cool " ..I would like to help but my photography skill sucks... I know that Sarah will not be impressed by my photos :)  so did not send them over to her :p  Anyway, since I have her products on hand, I would like to share this wonderful recipe with all of you.  The best friands I have eaten so far.....

Joanna ,my Piggy gal was in UK last year and when I saw Sarah Jane 's Silicone Moulds on Zurin's blog , I was wow by all her silicone products. So I asked Jo to get some for me online and have it sent to her UK address...cheaper shipping fees ! I ordered a few silicone molds  from Silicone Moulds .com, heart shaped moulds for Gertrude , my dear friend who is my sifu when it comes to baking and cooking and these  friand financier oval silicone moulds for myselfs and a set 3 mini loaf tins :) I love these silicone molds and I have my eyes on their lastest products and planning to get some of them :p when Josh goes over to UK next year :) 

I was one of the winners for a giveaway silicone baking mat  from Chef Dennis....sponsored by Sarah Jane. Thank you Sarah for the baking mat :)  Love it. Haven't got the chance to use it yet . So this makes me a fan since I have quite a few items already in my pantry cupboard :)  Ok.. back to these delectable friands....I baked them using Sarah's Silicone Moulds and it turned out great.  Simply love the fragrant and the moist and light texture of these friands. 

*I am not advertising for Sarah Jane's silicone moulds but I just want to share with my readers and friends how wonderful her silicone molds are !  :)

I can't wait to devour them when they were out of the oven...the mouth-watering aroma wafting out of the oven with the orange fragrance...gosh, these friands are addictive.  One is not enough ,I gave some to Claire and I am sure she will tell you how good these friands are.  The almond meal and egg whites make the friands texture light and yet moist at the same time. This is a keeper for sure and I shall make these for my Piggies....especially Piggy Jo for the effort of lugging them back for me :) 

Orange & Poppy Seed Friands   ( adapted from SWongkaew )


150 gms of butter plus extra for greasing tins
1/2 cup of all -purpose flour
zest from 2 oranges
150 gms of almond meal (ground almonds)
3 tbsp of poppy seeds
5 egg whites
small friand or financier tins for baking


Preheat oven 400deg F ( 200 deg C )

Lightly butter 10 friands tins. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a medium low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes until golden brown, taking care not to burn it. Cool slightly.

Finely grate the zest from oranges. Whisk the flour, icing sugar, orange zest, almond meal and poppy seeds together in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add whites to the dry ingredients along with the butter. Whisk gently until just combined.

Spoon batter into the tins. Bake until golden brown. Depending on th side of the tins, this may take from 10-15 mins so keep an eye on the oven.

Store friands in an airtight container for up to  4 days.

Enjoy and have fun making these delectable friands for your family


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  1. Yummy Friands!I think i should buy one of this silicone mould as well, seems i have not own any muffin tray yet.

  2. Thank you Elin for the mould. I have phobia using them as I always think of them like rubber and it might melt or give some funny smell when I bake with it. I should try using them again. I will check out the link you provide and see what they have as I really like the shape you used for these BEAUTIFUL Friands.

  3. those were the best Friands!! hahha.. best Friands and Friends forever...
    Thank you ... they are indeed very very nice, what more can i say... hmmmm....

  4. those friands look incredible, and thanks so much for the mention and for sending some love to Sarah-Jane as well!
    I'm sure she would have loved to had those delicious friands to share with her adoring public!
    your piggy friend Dennis

  5. Hi Elin

    I'm glad you like the pastry rolling mat. They're super. I need to do a little video to show how easy there are to use. Saves me scaping pastry dough off my worktops and I don't use any cornflour or icing sugar now when rolling out sugarpaste fondant.

    Don't do yourself down - your friands look lovely (I can almost smell them from here). Gosh - I love friands. Friands often look rather ordinary. After all no frosting, no glaze = rather ordinary.... EXCEPT no one will know how good friands are until they eat and make them. Then they'll change their mind !

    I'd love to borrow a couple of your photos if I may. I'll email you :-)

  6. Wai Kitt...yes I would recommend you to use these silicone molds for they are easy washing and they have lots of designs to choose from :)

    Gertrude..they are safe to use and no rubber smell..they are certified safe for oven use :) anyway I have bought the heart shaped ones for you so you can go for their newer design :)

    Claire...glad you love the friands. :)

  7. Chef are welcome and I love the taste of these friands. One must try it once and like what Sarah said...they will change their mind once they have tried one :)

    Sarah Jane...oh sure, do let me have your email address and the ones you want . I shall send them over to you :) Yes, I love your pastry rolling mat. Shall write about them soon :)

  8. The friands look so moist and delicious. Love the combination of poppy and citrus.
    Elin, take some time off and enjoy yourself a cup of tea and those wonderful looking friands.

  9. These really look delicious. I love citrus and the addition of poppy seeds just takes the friands to another level. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  10. I like friands too. Maybe because of the almond meals. I love your version too. It smells really good. Silicone moulds are really expensive. There's also large cake s.mould available, costs about $50 Sing dollar. I also bought the s.rolling mat a few months back, cost around RM20.00. It's available in M'sia too. Hope you're doing fine.
    Regards, Kristy