blueberry friandsServes 6 muffins

Total time: 40min

These blueberry friands are great, a bit like muffins but more solid and stocky.

Ingredients

  • 100g/4oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 125g/4 ┬Żoz icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 25g/1oz plain flour
  • 85g/3oz ground almonds
  • 3 egg whites
  • Grated zest 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 85g/3oz blueberries

To prepare:

1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6

2. Generously butter six non-stick friand or muffin tins.

To make the cakes:

1. Melt the butter & set aside to cool.

2. Sift the icing sugar & flour into a bowl. Add the almonds & mix everything between your fingers to combine & remove lumps..

3. Whisk the egg whites in another bowl until they form a light, floppy foam. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, tip in the egg whites and lemon zest, then lightly stir in the butter to form a soft batter.

4. Divide the batter between the tins. Sprinkle a handful of blueberries over each cake and bake for 15-20min or until just firm to the touch and golden brown. Cool in the tins for 5 min, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.

5. To serve, dust lightly with icing sugar.