Chocolate Cherry Friand Cakes

These tempting little cakes won’t last long in the cake tin – they are irresistible.

Makes 12

Prep Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 25 minutes

  • 175g Butter [Lurpak is best]

  • 100g Dark chocolate

  • 425g Pitted black or red cherries in syrup

  • 150g Ground almonds

  • 150g Caster sugar

  • 40g Plain flour

  • 4 Egg whites

  • Icing sugar for dusting

  1. Lightly grease each section of the friand tin.

  2. Melt the butter and leave to cool slightly.

  3. Coarsely grate the chocolate.

  4. Thoroughly drain the cherries.

  5. Mix together the almonds, sugar and flour in a bowl.

  6. Add the eggs whites, melted butter and chocolate and mix until evenly combined.

  7. Divide the mixture among the sections of the tin.

  8. Arrange the cherries on top of the friands and bake in a preheated oven – 200 degrees or Gas Mark 6 for about 20 minutes until risen, golden and just firm in the centre.

  9. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  10. Serve lightly dusted with icing sugar.