Easy Raspberry Friands (muffin tin, no mixer)

July 12, 2023

Recipe for super soft raspberry friands, made in a muffin tin. Simple, fuss-free, and fool-proof! It’s a one-bowl recipe and you don’t even need a mixer to beat the egg whites. A fork or hand whisk will do. You can use any fresh or frozen berries, or other seasonal fruits.

Bowl of raspberry friands

Leftover egg-whites? Make friands!

If you bake a lot or love to make custards, you might find yourself with a lot of leftover egg whites. When making kaya, my classic Italian tiramisu, Linzer cookies, or vanilla crescents there are always some leftover egg whites.

If I have only 1 or 2, I’ll freeze them until I have collected 6 egg whites to make these friands. Simply defrost the frozen egg whites overnight in the fridge and use them as you would use fresh ones.

Fluffy raspberry friands

What are friands?

Friands are small almond-based cakes, originally from France and known as financiers or visitandine, its ancestor. Using only egg whites instead of whole eggs results in a super soft, light, and fluffy texture.

Even though they derive from France they are an Aussie and New Zealand coffee shop staple, too. In fact, I got to know them in Australia.

Muffin tin for friands

Friands are traditionally baked in small moulds to produce the distinctive oval or barquette shape. Sometimes they are also baked in tiny rectangle pans.

Those moulds can be sometimes hard to find outside of France and Australia (except online), so I simply bake the friands in a muffin tin. This works like a charm! Also, no kitchen space left for another one-trick-pony.

Friands in muffin tin
Simple and convenient: Bake friands in a muffin tin.
Baked raspberry friands
Bake until golden brown.

The recipe below will make just enough batter to fill a standard 12 mould muffin tin. How convenient, right?

Crunchy outside, fluffy center

I’ve been baking and trying a lot of different friand recipe over the years. So this recipe developed over time. And it’s a winner! I cut down the sugar and butter compared to other recipes, and add a bit more flour as usual.

Halved raspberry friands

During baking, the friands get a nice crunchy surface yet the center stays soft, fluffy, and has a very fine crumb.

Berries and fruit variations

You can use fresh or frozen raspberries in this recipe. Honestly, any berries will taste great. I’ve also tried the recipe with apricots, peaches, and plums and they all came out delicious. Friands with fresh raspberries are my favorite though!

Raspberry Friands on plate

Did you make this recipe? Let me know in the comments how it turned out and also leave me a star rating if you want :)

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Easy Raspberry Friands (muffin tin, no mixer)

Recipe for super soft raspberry friands, made in a muffin tin. Simple, fuss-free, and fool-proof! You can use any fresh or frozen berries, or other seasonal fruits like apricots, peaches, or plums. For a smaller batch, see notes.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Yield: 12 friands
Author: Ursula | lilvienna.com

Ingredients

  • 200 g / 7 oz fresh raspberries (about 1 ¾ cups, see note)
  • 200 g / 7 oz egg whites (from about 6 large eggs)
  • 10 ½ tablespoons (150 g) melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 180 g powdered sugar, sifted (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 150 g almond meal (about 1 ½ cups, see note)
  • 120 g cake flour (about 1 cup, all-purpose flour works too)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

In addition:

  • muffin liners or butter for greasing

Instructions

  • Carefully rinse raspberries, then allow them to drain on a paper towel. Make sure that they are dry before using (pat dry with a paper towel if necessary). Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C) top and bottom heat.
  • Place the egg whites into a large bowl and whisk with a hand whisk until they are foamy, about 20 seconds.
  • Add the melted and cooled butter (not hotter than lukewarm), sifted powdered sugar, almond meal, flour, baking powder, and salt to the bowl and stir.
  • Line a muffin tin with muffin liners or grease the moulds with butter. Fill each mould half-way with batter. Place half of the raspberries on top of the batter. Cover the berries with the rest of the batter, then top with the remaining raspberries.
  • Bake at 355°F (180°C) top and bottom heat until the friands are golden, about 30 minutes. Let them cool and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Notes

Frozen berries: If using frozen berries, do not defrost before using. Simply use frozen.
Almond meal: I used blanched almond meal (finely ground almonds without skins), which yields a light dough. Alternatively you can use almond meal with skins, which will turn the friands a nuance darker.
Recipe with only 4 egg whites (for 8 friands): 133 g raspberries (1 1/3 cups), 133 g egg whites (from 4 large eggs), 100 g melted butter (7 Tbsp), 120 g powdered sugar (1 cup), 100 g almond meal (1 cup), 80 g flour (2/3 cups), 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, pinch salt.
What to do with leftover egg-yoks? Make Kaya (a dreamy coconut-spread), my classic Italian tiramisu, Linzer cookies, or vanilla crescents.

Easy Raspberry Friands (muffin tin, no mixer) was last modified: August 7th, 2023 by Ursula

11 thoughts on “Easy Raspberry Friands (muffin tin, no mixer)

  1. Lynn

    5 stars
    Hi,
    I noticed the recipe in your newsletter and immediately had to try it. The friands came out perfectly! I used raspberries and blueberries. Will definitely make them again.

    Reply
    1. Ursula Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      I’ve never had them with strawberries before but it sure tastes delicious! Thanks for your comment and I hope that you’ll make them again some time. Ursula

      Reply
  2. Kim

    Greetings
    Powdered sugar is that icing sugar not caster sugar?
    “typo error ”
    friands spelt friends in Crunchy outside Fluffy inside paragraph.
    guess if nice friands we will become friends!🧁 Kim Christina

    Reply
    1. Ursula Post author

      Hi Kim,
      Yes, powdered sugar is icing sugar. And thanks for pointing out the typo,. You’ll make lots of friends with these friands ;-) Let me know how they work out for you. They have never disappointed me so far and always came out great. Ursula

      Reply
  3. Karen Ertel

    5 stars
    Made these today and used some fresh peaches from the tree. They are excellent! Will try with raspberries or other fruit next time, but had peaches. Great, versatile recipe.

    Reply
    1. Ursula Post author

      Hi Karen,
      Great that the friands came out so well!! I bet they are delicious with ripe summer peaches. Almost any fruit works great – especially stonefruits and berries. Thanks so much for your comment and the star rating! I hope you will make them with raspberries too some time, the perfect flavor combination :)
      Ursula

      Reply

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