Coconut whats? What the heck is a friand? This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe started with a google search. I had never heard of friands before and, since Dorie did not include a picture of this recipe, I had no idea what the heck I was supposed to be making.
According to the brilliant minds over at Wikipedia, a friand is the australian version of the french Financier. Not exactly a huge help since I also don’t know what a financier is, but at least they had pictures. Looks kind of like an oval-shaped muffin. I’ll be interested to see what our australian Doristas have to say about this recipe.
Dorie’s friand is made with shredded coconut and, may I say, not a small amount of it. In fact, it rather took over the dough. Luckily I have never had an aversion to coconut so I carried on as instructed.
The only addition I made was at Dorie’s suggestion. In her Bonne Idees she points out that chopped fresh fruit can be added to the tops of these cakes and the perfectly ripe pineapple sitting on my counter was just begging to be let in on the fun.
The batter came together very quickly and I spooned it into buttered muffin tins, topped off with a little chopped pineapple, and then into the oven. 35 minutes later my friands were a beautiful golden color.
A little later I made some tea and piled a few friands on a plate to enjoy as a lazy Sunday afternoon snack. Up to this point I really had no expectations of this recipe one way or another and had no idea how it would taste.
Verdict? De-lish! Surprisingly good! My husband and I both loved these. The little cakes were much moister than I had anticipated and had a great, vaguely tropical flavor. The next day they had dried out a bit, but were still tasty dunked into a cup of tea. I’m almost embarrassed to say that the two of us polished off the whole batch in just two days!
Thanks FFwD! Another winning recipe which I never would have picked on my own.