Thursday, February 17, 2005

Chocolate and Cherry Friands

Butter for greasing
½ cup plain flour
½ cup Dutch cocoa
11/4 cups icing sugar
1 cup (100gr) ground hazelnuts
5 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla essence
180gr butter, melted
525gr pitted black cherries canned in syrup

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
2. Brush 10 friand moulds with melted butter and place on a baking tray.
3. Sift flour, cocoa and icing sugar into a large bowl. Stir in hazelnuts.
4. Put egg whites into a medium sized bowl and whisk with a fork until frothy, then fold through dry ingredients.
5. Stir through vanilla and melted butter until just combined.
6. Spoon batter into prepared moulds.

7. Press 2 cherries into each friend, covering with batter.
8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until friends pop up in the middle and spring back when lightly pressed with finger.
9. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

10.Serve with remaining pitted cherries

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