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Browned Butter Friands

Browned Butter Friands

You may have heard of financiers, small French almond cakes. You may also have heard of friands, small Australian/New Zealand almond cakes. The two cakes are just about the same, and there are only two differences between them: the countries that those names are used in and the shapes of the cakes. Tradition dictates that friands are usually baked in oval baking tins and financiers ... Read More »

Brandied Fruitcake Friands

Brandied Fruitcake Friands

Fruitcake isn’t for everyone, even if you like all the individual components that go into a batch of the dense, spicy holiday cake. It’s heavy and filling – something that you don’t want after a big holiday meal. My solution to the problem is a batch of fruitcake friands. These are definitely not your typical fruit cakes. While they do have dried fruit and a ... Read More »

Banana Cinnamon Friands

Banana Cinnamon Friands

Friands are small cakes that are very popular in Australian bakeries and cafes. They’re not exclusive to Auz. and NZ, but the term does seem to be used exclusively there. They are actually a riff off of a french financier, a small pastry made with almond flour and lots of butter. The french cakes tend to be very tender, but friands are also very moist, ... Read More »

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