I was away in
The first few days were spent tidying my kitchen up. This was because I left in a bit of a hurry after a very busy period and could not leave my kitchen as I wanted to find it. A mistake never to be repeated. Once the kitchen was ready again I started playing with new recipes.
I subscribe to the Good Food magazine, and the last issue brought a lovely variation on a friand recipe : rhubarb friand. I just love friands, these lovely and delicate French treats also known as Financiers. Using friands was a lovely twist and it also meant making them seasonal. The tangy taste of the rhubarbs go really well with the sweetness of the friands.
2 tbsp icing sugar
For the friands:
140g icing sugar
25g plain flour
85g ground almonds
3 egg whites
Heat the oven to 200C/ fan assisted 180C/gas 6. Cut the rhubarb in 4cm pieces and arrange them in a single layer over a non-stick baking tray. Sift over the icing sugar bake for 12-15 minutes until the rhubarb is tender, then leave to cool.
Melt the butter, use a little to brush the friands/muffin tins, then leave to rest to cool slightly. Sift together the icing sugar and flour, then stir in the ground almonds. Whisk the eggs whites to a gentle foam. Then fold into the dry mix and mix well with a whisk. The butter goes in last. Mix it all.
Half-fill the tins, add pieces of rhubarb to each, then cover with the remaining cake mix. Top with the remaining rhubarb. Bake for 17-20min until golden and firm to the touch. Cool in the tins for 5 mins, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. Dust lightly with icing sugar to serve.