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These are an adapted version of Bill Granger's recipe. They are definitely a crowd favourite, although I think I should try chocolate ones next time!


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October 17, 2013
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It’s no secret I like to bake. The people are work are getting to know this too. I would be baking tonight… well the night is still young, I still MIGHT bake. 

A few weeks ago, I made a double batch of Bill Granger’s friands to use up some eggs. When making the second batch I ran out of almond meal and substituted in hazelnut meal instead. The hazelnut ones tasted WAY better than the almond ones. They were a HUGE hit, with a co-worker admitting to eating four throughout the course of the day. Even picky eater, but all around hilarious girl Rachel (another co-worker), really like the hazelnut ones, even if she didn’t touch the berries on top!

Make them, you’ll love them! Have a great weekend peeps! x


Print Recipe


  • 135g ground hazelnuts (hazelnut meal)
  • 220g icing sugar, sifted
  • 85g plain flour, sifted
  • 8 egg whites
  • 150g unsalted butter, melted
  • 115g mixed berries (frozen are fine)
  • icing sugar, extra for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and flour a non-stick 12 hole friand tin. Mix together the ground hazelnuts, icing sugar and flour. Stir in the egg whites until just combined. Stir in the melted butter.
  • Pour the batter into the tins. Arrange the berries on top of each friand.
  • Bake for 25-30 mins or until pale and golden. The friands should spring back when touched. Remove from the oven onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with extra icing sugar and stir in an airtight container.


Recipe by Bill Granger

Post updated 20 July 2020.


13 comments on “Friands
  1. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Arghhh I want to make and will definitely substitute hazelnut meal but but I don’t babe a friands pan… Is that a sign that I should get one??? Hehe 🙂

    October 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm
  2. Keren

    Ooooh, I haven’t made friands in ages. Hazelnut meal sounds like it would be a great substitute though … don’t you just love accidental discoveries like that 🙂

    October 18, 2013 at 7:38 am
  3. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I’ve been wanting to bake with hazelnut meal! I can just imagine how these taste…
    Heidi xo

    October 18, 2013 at 8:13 am
  4. Cara @ Gourmet Chick

    Trying to restrain myself from buying a friand tin – I have so much baking stuff but this recipe makes me think I NEED one!

    October 18, 2013 at 9:10 am
  5. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    I never realised how easy friands were to make. Always thought they were more complicated than that.

    October 18, 2013 at 9:15 am
  6. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Yum! I like hazelnut meal, too… and I’ve found them to usually be slightly cheaper as well. Double win!

    October 18, 2013 at 11:06 am
  7. Mez

    They are called Friends Shellie, not Friands…. :p

    These look so delicious!!!

    October 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Someone gave me a friand pan and I’ve never used it. Now I know what to put in it!

    October 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm
  9. GourmetGetaways

    They look gorgeous!
    I would love one right now with my morning coffee, you must be very popular at work.

    October 19, 2013 at 8:07 am
  10. Lizzy (Good Things)


    October 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm
  11. Clujen

    Love your blog! Made these tonight and they were amazing, everyone in my household couldn’t get enough. I loved the hazelnut meal, next time I might try with half almond and half hazelnut. Thanks for the recipe. Chloe

    October 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm
  12. Clujen

    Oh and I didn’t have a friand pan so I just used a muffin tin and filled them about 3/4 full 🙂

    October 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm
  13. msihua (@msihua)

    I still read Friands as friends 🙂

    November 4, 2013 at 10:18 am

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