When a friend asked if she could come stay for the weekend to visit me and the city in which she went to university, of course I said a big fat yes! Instantly my brain started ticking over as to what I could bake for her knowing she has a sweet tooth and a love of all things ginger. This is what I came up with.
It didn’t take me long to settle on the idea of a ginger friand, knowing how in our foodie group, we have an early warning system for when anyone posts a recipe with ginger in, we’ve collectively taken to tagging her in as a matter of course! Friands may be a refined muffin by another name but the elegance of their appearance is as delightful as their taste. They make a great gift and I seem to bake them most often when we have company over.
As they are on the sweet end of the spectrum, I like to include something with a little tang, a soupçon of sour or a bite of bitter (like cocoa) to balance the sugary sweetness and here, I chose lemon. Zest in the batter, juice in the icing. I used a little dark brown sugar but not the muscavado type as I know Mandy feels it’s flavour takes away from her beloved ginger. You could substitute stem ginger in place of the crystallised version I use here, weight for weight – you could even have a go at making it yourself using my recipe for it. Plus don’t forget the other friand recipes on my blog – find them here. Right, I’m off to make us some breakfast and then hopefully go have some foodie fun exploring my new home town! Enjoy! x
- 250ml egg whites*
- 200g icing sugar
- 50g dark brown soft sugar
- 125g ground almonds
- 100g plain flour
- 1 tbsp ground ginger, rounded
- 50g crystallised ginger finely minced
- Zest of one lemon
- 160g butter, melted
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- Juice of one lemon
- 2 tsp stem ginger syrup
- Grease your friand tin with soft butter and preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Whisk together the icing sugar, flour, almonds and ground ginger in a big bowl.
- Whisk your egg whites until frothy – you don’t need soft peaks or anything like that.
- Fold the eggs into the dry ingredients.
- Add the lemon zest and 2/3 of the crystallised ginger then fold in the butter.
- Scoop into your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes until risen, browned and a skewer comes out clean from the centre of a friand.
- Cool in the tin for 5 or 10 minutes then remove to sit on a rack to cool.
- Make the topping by mixing the icing sugar and ginger syrup with enough lemon juice to make a thick paste that just about runs off your spoon. Dip each friand into the icing then sit on a rack and immediately sprinkle with the reserved crystallised ginger before it sets.
- Note – you may use a muffin pan instead of a friand tin but you’ll probably have more mixture than you need to make twelve.
- *= I use Two Chicks pasteurised egg whites for friands as you need a lot and they are excellent quality. You can substitute 6 large egg whites if you wish.