Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Chocolate Friands with Mocha Fudge Frosting












My 11 year old sons favourite flavour is mocha. So you can imagine his disappointment when he learned that these Chocolate Friands with Mocha Fudge Frosting weren't for him, but a gift for a friend. His little face and big brown eyes had me promising that I will make him a batch very soon when once again, I will be smeared from elbows to ankles in mocha fudge frosting... not that there's anything wrong with that.


Chocolate Friands with Mocha Fudge Frosting
slightly adapted from Donna Hay
Makes 12

For the Friands:
120g (1 cup) ground almonds
270g (1 2/3) cups icing sugar, sifted
75g (1/2 cup) plain flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
25g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder, sifted
5 egg whites
200g unsalted butter, melted

For the Frosting:
125ml (1/2 cup) pouring cream
1 tablespoon strong instant coffee
150g dark chocolate, chopped

Make the Friands:
Preheat the oven to 160C. Lightly grease a 12-hole friand pan.

Place the ground almonds, sugar, flour, baking powder and cocoa into large mixing bowl and stir with a large whisk to combine. Add the egg whites and butter and stir with a spatula to combine.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling the cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until they spring back when gently pressed in the centre. Leave to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the Frosting:
Put the cream, chocolate and coffee in a small saucepan and melt over a very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl and cool for 30 - 40 minutes. Stir it occasionally and when it sets to a spreadable consistency, spread thickly on top of the cooled friands.



19 comments:

  1. Swim in frosting...what a beautiful idea haha :) Love the shape of your friands, it's so cute! & I understand your son, moka is gooooddd!

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    1. I love mocha too, but not quite at much as Joey does.

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  2. These sound delicious and you make them sound so easy too!

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    1. Thanks Laura. They are really easy to make.

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  3. These look like chocolate HEAVEN! Gorgeous, Jen!

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    1. Thanks Marie. The are chocolate heaven.

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  4. I love friends and need to get one of those pans so I can make these gorgeous treats!

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    1. I have a pan for every possible permutation of baked goods. AND I'm a terrible influence.

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  5. HI, just stopped by to let you know you've been featured today over at Carole's Chatter. Cheers

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  6. Mocha is definitely in my top three flavours too! And definitely tops the chocolate charts :) These photos are absolutely divine! I certainly can't wait to smear myself in some mocha war paint and do battle with these friands - bring me the fork!

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    1. The fork is our weapon of choice - Let the games begin.

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  7. Ohhh poor little mite. I get that same face from Aaron when I make things to take to work... He sees them on the counter and gets mournful when he can't eat them! Love the look of these friands. Mocha is awesome.

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    1. Poor little guys indeed, Quite indignant they were. I've promised to make them some soon, so I'll score some brownie (or should that be friand) points again.

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  8. I have a friand tin, I have cocoa, I am ready...

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  9. Ohhhh these look so good!!! I LOVE mocha!!!

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  10. Ah, a chocolate cake with mocha frosting is my favorite, too and these look amazing! Moist and tender cakes which I could eat as is without the frosting... if that frosting wasn't mocha. Delicious. Beautiful.

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  11. Made these today. MMMMM.....too good. I didn't have enough almond so I used walnuts but they worked fine. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration.

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