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Lemon Friands with lemon curd | Basic Friands Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Lemon Friands - The most AMAZING mini cakes you could ever have!!! These lemon almond cakes made using simple ingredients like butter, ground almonds, egg whites and sugar are going to become a regular part of your afternoon tea parties. Use any berries like raspberries,blueberries,strawberries,orange or coconut any nuts like pistachios, hazelnut to make this basic friand recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French, Kiwi
Keyword: basic friands recipe, lemon friands
Servings: 6 friands
Author: sushma iyer
Lemon Curd
  • 2 Eggs
  • 125 gms Sugar
  • 70 gms Butter
  • 4 ea Lemon, for juicing and zest (115ml)
Lemon Friands
  • 120 gms Butter
  • 135 gms Icing Sugar
  • 40 gms Plain Flour
  • 1 gm Salt
  • 80 gms Ground Almonds
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 3 each Egg Whites
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Lemon Curd
  1. Whisk together the juice, eggs and sugar in the pot until warm to touch.

  2. Once the egg mixture is warm, add the chopped butter little by little whisking continuously and heat whilst whisking gently but continuously until thickened. (Check my video recipe for the tip)

  3. Pass through a fine sieve.

  4. And refrigerate the lemon curd until ready to use.

Lemon Friands
  1. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly.

  2. Mix icing sugar, salt, flour, zest and almonds together in a bowl.

  3. In another bowl, whisk egg whites to a soft meringue.

  4. Now that all three elements are ready, fold in butter and vanilla essence into the dry ingredient mix followed by the egg whites (check the video for the correct way of folding) and pipe evenly into greased moulds.

  5. Bake at 180°C between 18 to 25 mins.

  6. Once baked, let it sit in the tin for 3 mins and then turn over to release them. 

    And when they are cooled completely finish off with some lemon curd on top.