- Ciasteczka -francuskie – means little French cakes
- This recipe originated in France in the 17th century and they were first called “financiers” and later “friands”.
- They are small cakes baked in oval moulds.
- These moulds are bigger than madeleine moulds.
- These moulds can still be purchased nowadays.
- You could use small tart tins and even small bun cases.
- Friands have become very popular in Australia and New Zealand but it is not known when this started.
- Alpine (wild) strawberries are used in this recipe and as I have lots of these in my garden I thought I would have a go!
- This amount makes 6.
- 70g ground almonds
- 30g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 120g icing sugar
- 100g butter
- 3 egg whites
- 80g alpine strawberries
- Icing sugar to dust
- Greased the moulds.
- Pre-heat the oven to GM4 – 180°C.
- Mix almonds, flour, salt and sugar.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan and leave to cool.
- Whisk whites till frothy but – not as stiff as for meringues.
- Trickle butter into the dry mix.
- Add ½ the whites and mix lightly.
- Add the rest of of the whites until everything is mixed thoroughly.
- Spoon the mixture into moulds.
- Scatter the alpine strawberries on top.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes.
- Dust with icing sugar before serving.
If you do not have any alpine strawberries use fresh strawberries cut into quarters or slices or use raspberries.