I have already made this (last?) week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Coconut Friands, twice. A friand is a bite sized cake usually made with ground almonds, butter, sugar, egg whites and flour – very similar to the French financiers. Dorie Greenspan’s coconut version swaps the ground almonds for coconut, resulting in what feels like a cake-ier macaroon (besito de coco). All the ingredients are just mixed together in one bowl (minimal cleanup!) and baked in under twenty minutes. The original recipe is very easy to half too, making them the ideal baking project when you need to take out the day’s angst with a whisk, a bowl, and a couple of egg whites. Oh, this financier did that… with a concert DVD blaring as loudly as I needed it at the time. The frantic whisking gave way to singing and head bobbing, and by the time the coconut friands were baked, I was done with cleanup and all out dancing to The Killers.
Two more concert DVDs are on their way. I have a hunch I will be needing them – and more quick treat recipes like the coconut friands – in the back burner. What are your favorite, quick treat recipes?
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where we work our way through Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan’s award winning cookbook. To check out what the rest of the group thought about the coconut friands, click here.