Deliciously preserved: pickled cherry and matcha friands

Laura Edwards

Makes 20 small friands

160g unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing
50g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
150g icing sugar
7g matcha (Japanese green tea powder)
120g ground almonds
Pinch of salt
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
4 large free-range egg whites
20 pickled cherries, patted dry with paper towels (see here)

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Grease a 20-hole friand pan (or muffin tin) with melted butter and lightly dust each hole with sifted flour, ensuring an even covering. Gently tap the pan upside-down to get rid of the excess flour and place the pan in the fridge.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat until it turns dark golden brown and smells rich and nutty. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer or piece of muslin. Set aside and cool to room temperature while you make the batter.
  3. Sift the flour, icing sugar and matcha into a large bowl and mix in the ground almonds, salt and lemon zest. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites gently for a few minutes until they are frothy and fluffy, but not stiff. Mix into the dry ingredients, stirring until completely combined. Finally, mix through the cool browned butter until smooth and glossy.
  4. Take the friand pan out of the fridge and fill each hole just over two-thirds full with batter. Place a pickled cherry in the centre of each one. Bake in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperate to 180C/160C fan/gas 4, turn the pan around and bake for a further 10 minutes until the friands have a small peak on top and a slight spring to the touch.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then run a knife around the edges of the friands to release them and turn out.

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