Almond And Apricot Friands (financiers Aux Amandes et Abricots)
Place the lemon juice, 30 g caster sugar, and half the vanilla bean in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the apricot. Cover and cook until apricot is soft. Transfer apricot to a bowl and set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Butter 6 friand moulds or 8 holes of a muffin tin.
Split remaining vanilla bean in half lengthways and scrape seeds. Add bean and seeds to remaining sugar and stir to combine.
In another bowl, combine vanilla sugar, almond meal and flour. Lightly whisk the egg whites until soft peaks, then gently fold in the dry ingredients.
Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, until just beginning to brown. Add butter to flour mixture. Spoon or pipe batter into prepared moulds. Top each with 1 raspberry and 6 pistachio halves. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until friand springs back when pressed lightly with finger tip.
Place 3 apricot halves on each serving plate. Add a friand. Scatter with flaked almonds and dust with icing sugar. Serve.
1 lemon, juiced
80 g caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, halved
12 apricots, halved, stones removed (or tinned apricots, if out of season)
50 g almond meal
50 g plain flour, sifted
4 egg whites
90 g good-quality butter
24 pistachios, halved
2 tbsp flaked almonds, toasted
icing sugar, for dusting
Added by: Natália Martins
Consulted: 982 X
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