Blackberry & almond friands

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus cooling
  • Cooking time: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes, plus cooling
  • Makes:12


    115g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
    65g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
    100g ground almonds
    165g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
    ½ tsp almond extract
    6 Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Egg whites
    12 Waitrose 1 Speciality Blackberries


    1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Brush the holes of a 12-hole muffin tin with the extra butter, then dust each hole with flour, shaking out any excess.

    2. Mix together the flour, ground almonds, icing sugar and a good pinch of salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, use a fork to lightly whisk the almond extract into the egg whites. Slowly mix the egg whites into the bowl of dry ingredients, combining with the fork as you go. Mix in the butter until just combined.

    3. Transfer the batter to a large jug and pour evenly into the muffin holes. Put a blackberry on top of each (they’ll sink as they bake, so there’s no need to push them down). Bake for 30-35 minutes, until just golden. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool (you may need to use a table knife to help ease them out). Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

    Cook’s tip

    You can use any summer berry in the friands; also try scattering them with flaked almonds before baking. 

    This recipe appeared within the August 2018 recipe card collection.
    Recipe cards are free to pick up every month in Waitrose stores

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