Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Chocolate lavender friands

I've been wanting to make this recipe for a while but I didn't have a friand tin and while it could be made in a muffin tray, they look a bit special in the oval friand tins.
The recipe is courtesy of NZ House & Garden Magazine. Sorry the picture isn't the greatest.

125g butter, softened
1 1/4 cups caster sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk or natural yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp fresh English lavender buds
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Grease 9 friand pans.*

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolks. Sift over flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add buttermilk/yoghurt, and vanilla, fold together until combined.
In separate bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture with lavender buds and chocolate chips.
Spoon into prepared tins. Bake until springy to touch, about 25 mins. Cool in tin for a bit before turning out onto wire rack to cool completely. Serve upturned with a dusting of icing sugar and decorate with lavender flowers.

* Recipe says it makes 9 but I found my mixture rose quite a bit so next time I think I'll try making a few more (ie less in each pan).

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