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D&C Monthly Recipes - Christmas Friands🎄

D&C Monthly Recipes - Christmas Friands🎄

Christmas Fruit & Spice Friands


  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 200 gram butter, melted
  • 200 gram crème fraîche
  • 300 gram fresh cherries

Spice Syrup:

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 230°C. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper cases.
  2. Sift icing sugar, flour and spices into a large bowl. Stir in currants and ground almonds; make a well in the centre. Add egg whites, zest and butter; stir with a metal spoon until combined. Spoon mixture into paper cases.
  3. Bake friands for 5 minutes. Reduce oven to 200°C; bake for a further 12 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave friands in the muffin pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, make Spice syrup
  5. Top friands with crème fraîche and cherries; drizzle with syrup.

To make the Spice Syrup, split vanilla bean lengthways; scrape out seeds. Place vanilla bean and seeds in a medium saucepan with sugar and mixed spice; stir to combine. Add the water; cook, stirring, over low heat for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil, uncovered, without stirring, for 5 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat.


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