These little almond cakes, also known as friands, used to be baked ready for opening time each morning for customers to enjoy with a morning coffee — they make a fine morning tea cake or can be made in tiny ramekins as petits fours. Top them with a single piece of seasonal fruit, such as strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, mango or kiwi fruit. It’s possible to substitute half of the ground almonds with ground coconut or ground pistachios to add a different flavour and texture. Should you have any left-over batter, it will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 days.
Put the ground almonds, flour, icing sugar and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the egg whites,
Spoon the mixture into the holes in the prepared tin until they are almost full. Gently place a strawberry half into the top of each financier.
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