French Weekends with Dorie: Coconut Friands

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.

Yet another use for the mini bundt pan!

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.

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Author:Adriana

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

14 Responses to “French Weekends with Dorie: Coconut Friands”

  1. April 24, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    I love baked good recipes that are easy to scale.. I am sure these are delicioso LOL

  2. April 24, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I love the molds that you used for these – it’s such a pretty shape.

    These were super simple to whip up – I just wish they weren’t coconut. Although, the latest Bon Appetit does have a blackberry financier recipe (sans coconut) that I am dying to try. I can only hope it is just as easy./

    Believe it or not, my easy go to desserts are the apple cake and the semolina cake from AMFT. The whole family loves them and they don’t take too much work to make…

  3. April 24, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    What cute little friand bundts! Yum!

  4. April 24, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Whew, sounds as if you might have had a stressful week. The Killers for you. Adele’s “21” CD for me. Works every time. I liked these quick bites also but liked your mini-bundt molds better than my little mini-cupcakes shape. Unfortunately, my favorite “quick treat” is still a graham cracker and milk. Perhaps I need to elevate my game.

    • April 24, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      I never underestimate the power of cookies and milk. Funnily enough, the Adele concert from London’s Royal Albert Hall is on its way for my next stress-busting baking and shimmying session.

  5. April 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Love your molds – very pretty! 🙂 I’m in for anything coconut.

  6. April 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    What a pretty shape your friands are! Happy both the making and the eating of them helped you relax.

  7. April 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    These look so pretty! They also sound totally amazing! I love baking while listening to music and The Killers are a good choice.

  8. April 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I love the shape and presentation of your friands and heartily approve of your soundtrack, too.

  9. April 25, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I love your mini Bundt baking pan, your lovely serving platter, your presentation and, of course, your post! Wonderful. Favorite quick treat? Must be chocolate ice cream or Lindt chocolate…Sorry, it took me a few days to comment but I just had not realized that you had posted…looking forward to Fridays post.

  10. April 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Your friands look great! I love the mini bundt pan, what a great idea! I also loved how quick and easy these where!

  11. nana
    April 26, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    How adorable those friands look. I love the bundt pans, very decorative. Great job.

  12. April 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    Your friands look lovely! So pretty in the mini bundt pan! I loved this recipe…easy and delicious!

  13. June 11, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Your molds are beautiful, and I love the color on your friands. These are the perfect quick treat. Glad you enjoyed them!

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