Mini orange and almond friands recipe

Mini orange and almond friands recipe

I just love the flavour of the orange blossom running through the icing glaze in these moist little mouthfuls of pleasure!

This recipe makes 10-12 mini friands.


  • 5 large egg whites
  • 190g (6.7 oz) self-raising flour
  • 150g (5.3 oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 120g (4.2 oz) ground almonds
  • 200g (7.1 oz) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 oranges, finely grated zest only
For the icing
  • 100g (3.5 oz) icing sugar
  • 0.5 small orange, juice only
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water (optional)


  • Cuisine: French
  • Recipe Type: Cake
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Preparation Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 25 mins
  • Serves: 10


  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/325ºF/Gas Mark 3. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks in a freestanding mixer or with an electric whisk in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sift the flour, icing sugar, baking powder and ground almonds together in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the beaten egg whites, folding them in carefully to avoid knocking out too much air.
  3. Fold in the melted butter and orange zest until combined.
  4. Half fill the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 20–22 minutes until golden.
  5. Cool in the tins for 3–4 minutes and then turn out on to a wire cooling rack.
  6. Meanwhile, make the icing by whisking the icing sugar, orange juice and orange blossom water, if using, together to make a thick but drizzly icing.

Taken from HOME BAKING by Jo Wheatley, published in hardback by Constable, available exclusively from Sainsbury's at the special introductory price of £8.

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