Recipe : Australian Raspberry Friands

I often refer to the handmade tableware I create as 'Ceramics for Life', and it is one of the reasons I like to photograph my work with food I create in our lovely kitchen in the heart of Canberra — a city I love dearly and call home.

This recipe is my own creation for Raspberry Friands and is photographed on some created platters made in my Canberra studio.

Friands are almond meal-based cakes. In France, they are known as financiers. It was a French chef working in Australia who reinvented the financier by baking them in an oval mould to produce what is now popular in many Australian cafés and bakeries. Enjoy.

Little Tree Studio Recipe Raspberry Friands2

Raspberry Friands


  • Melted butter to grease tim
  • 1/3 cup sugar
    (or low GI sugar replacement like Xylitol or Coconut Sugar)
  • 1/2 cup plain flour ­- sifted
    (Option to replace with Gluten Free Flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 3 eggs lightly whisked
  • 180g unsalted melted butter
    (or 1/4 cup Almond Oil)
  • Punnet frozen raspberries


  • Flaked almonds
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup


  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C.
  2. Brush the muffin pans with melted butter to grease. Dust with plain flour.
  3. Combine the sugar, flour and almond meal in a bowl.
  4. Make a well in the centre. Add egg and butter.
  5. Mix in raspberries
  6. Stir until well combined.
  7. Divide among the prepared pans.

Sticky Almonds Topping

8. Sprinkle the top of the Friands with flaked almonds. Add a 1/4 Teaspoon of butter on top of each Friands followed by a dash of maple Syrup.


9. Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Set aside in the pans for 5 minutes to cool slightly before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.



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