Gingerbread Friands

Gingerbread Friands

Now that Halloween has passed, as well as Bonfire Night, my attention is now turning to Christmas. It does seem a long way off but it is only seven weeks until the big day! That does frighten me somewhat as well…

For this recipe I wanted to cross the sticky gingerbread cake (not the biscuit version) with the friand, to create a richly flavoured small treat. Luckily, it had delicious results!

I added dark muscovado sugar, golden syrup and ground ginger, as well as changing the proportion of flour and ground almonds in the basic friand recipe (see my other friand recipes – Black Forest cherry and strawberry and lemon).

Gingerbread Friands

I would recommend these gingerbread friands for a chilly day when the zingy ginger flavour will warm you up. Perfect with a Christmas hot chocolate or latte from your favourite coffee chain.

Gingerbread Friands

Gingerbread Friands

Gingerbread Friands

Little almond cakes with flavours of gingerbread, ideal for a festive snack
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 195kcal


  • 2 tsp dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp golden syrup
  • 100 g butter melted
  • 15 g ground almonds
  • 90 g plain flour
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • 2 egg whites


  • Melt the butter and allow it to cool.
  • Whisk the egg whites using an electric whisk, until it reaches the soft peak stage.
  • Place the dark muscovado sugar and golden syrup in a small bowl, and melt them together in the microwave. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Place this mixture in a large bowl, and add the ground ginger, cooled melted butter, ground almonds, plain flour and icing sugar.
  • Mix together. The mixture will be quite thick and lumpy, but once you add the egg white it will be fine.
  • Fold in the whisked egg white carefully.
  • Grease your friand tray (I used a silicone tray), and spoon the mixture into the holes evenly.
  • Bake at 180 degrees for around 20 minutes, until golden brown and firm in the centre.
  • Allow to cool slightly, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
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I’m a big fan of friands and am quite envious of your properly shaped moulds. I’ve always done mine in muffin moulds. Love the idea of ginger in yours, they sound absolutely delicious.

They are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing with Tea Time Treats 🙂
Janie x

I do a love a friand and these look packed full of flavour. Thanks for linking up.

I loved the look of these little beauties from first seeing them on Instagram, not reading the recipe I can almost smell the festive wafts of them! Thanks for sharing with #festivefoodfriday. x

Your friands look fab Lucy, I love the sound of ginger & muscavado sugar. #FestiveFoodFridays

Julie's Family Kitchen

Oh delicious, these sound so festive.

These are too cute! Love the photography too. Thanks so much for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek New Linky now open

Yum! I love the idea of these little gingery treats. I think I need to invest in a friand tray (although my silicone muffin tray would probably work as well…) This recipe sounds great as an afternoon tea treat and definitely for Christmas which is approaching in alarmingly fast fashion! Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

Now these are something I haven’t seen before, a sticky gingerbread as an almonds friand. They sound perfect and just the thing to share as a little treat. Thanks for sharing them with the Biscuit Barrel!

Perfect dessert for Christmas! Looks yummy 🙂