Mandarin and Chocolate Friands

Combining the taste of citrus, the texture of cake, and the decadence of chocolate – These friands are a delicious afternoon treat – Try them with our mandarin flavoured whipped cream to get that extra citrus burst.

Mandarin and Chocolate Friands
Serves: 12
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  • 2 mandarins
  • 1½ cups pure icing sugar
  • 1½ cups almond meal
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 25 g dark cooking chocolate, coarsely grated
  • 4 egg whites
  • 100 g butter melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar, extra for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease 12 friand tins or a medium 12-hole muffin tin.
  2. Finely grate the rind from the mandarins then peel, removing as much of the pith as possible. Divide into segments and remove any pips. Puree in a small food processor with icing sugar until smooth.
  3. Combine almond meal, flour, chocolate and grated rind. Whisk egg whites in a separate bowl until very frothy but not stiff. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in mandarin puree, egg whites and butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. Spoon evenly into tins. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Stand for a few mins before removing from tin and cooling on a wire rack.
  5. When cool, dust with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

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