Black Forest friands are little almond cakes with cherry and chocolate, a bite-sized treat perfect for snacking or enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee.
When I saw on Twitter that Sugar and Crumbs were looking for baking bloggers to try out their new flavours in their range of naturally flavoured icing sugars, I knew this was for me! I was lucky enough to receive two packs to try out and the first one was Black Forest.
As soon as you open the pack the evocative flavour of Black Forest hits you, as if there is a Black Forest gateau nestling in the corner of your kitchen (wouldn’t that be a great find). The pack is resealable which is a great idea, as anyone who has ever got covered in clouds of plain icing sugar when opening a cupboard will know.
This flavour of the icing sugar contains cocoa powder so you end up with a chocolatey-coloured cake without adding anything more to it.
I thought the flavour would be good baked into a cake, as well as for flavouring traditional buttercream icing. My first thoughts was for Black Forest friands as these little light oval cakes are made with whipped egg whites and icing sugar to make them as light as air.
A cheeky drizzle of dark chocolate over the top and you end up with these dainty cakes which would be at home in the best afternoon tea or even just popped into your kids’ lunchboxes for a little treat.
The delicate flavour of Black Forest really comes through as you bite into the friand, and combined with the cherries and drizzle of chocolate it is really delicious. Why not make Black Forest friands the centre of your next afternoon tea!
I would use this Black Forest icing sugar again, and will look out for their other flavours. I will be trying out the other flavour I was sent (Chocolate Milkshake) very soon too!
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Black Forest Cherry Friands
- Melt the butter in the microwave and leave to cool for about five minutes.
- Whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until the soft peak stage. This will take about one to two minutes.
- In a different bowl mix together the Black Forest icing sugar, flour and ground almonds.
- Then add the melted butter. The mixture will look quite thick and lumpy as shown, but it will be fine once the egg whites are added in the next stage.
- Fold the egg whites into the bowl with the icing sugar and ground almond mixture.
- Spoon the mixture into a friand tray and top each one with a couple of chopped cherries.
- Bake at 180 degrees for about twenty minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean. (I put the silicone tray on top of a baking sheet to make it easier to carry.)
- Cool in the tray for a couple of minutes then press the friands out of the tray and leave them to cool on a rack.
- Once cool, melt a little dark chocolate in the microwave and use a piping bag to drizzle it over the friands.