Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Chocolate Hazelnut Friands

Chocolate Hazelnut Friands.
After having a custard experiment disaster the other day, I had an awful lot of egg whites to use up. I didn't really fancy meringues and decided that friands were on the cards, mostly due to how affordable mountains of nuts are here. I opted for a tasty nutella inspired chocolate and hazelnut concoction. Unfortunately I had to dash out to work just as they'd finished baking. I have a lack of tupperware here and they lost the fight against the open air. Still tasty though!

200g ground hazelnuts
175g unsalted butter
6 egg whites
160g plain flour
2 tblsp cocoa
230g icing sugar, plus more for dusting

-preheat the oven to 200C and grease a 12 hole muffin/friand tin
- heat the butter in a small saucepan until melted. Keep an eye on it and take off the heat once it's gone nice and brown - this adds a nutty loveliness to the butter. Remove, strain for darkened milk solids and keep to the side.
- whisk the whites until frothy, not peaky, just nice and foamy. 
-sift the dry ingredients in to a large bowl and stir the nuts in. Make a well in the centre and add the egg whites and the cooled butter. Mix to combine. 
- spoon this in to the tin and bake for 25 mins, checking after 20. A skewer should come out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack
- dust liberally with icing sugar and serve!#

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