Lemon Friands

*Lemon Friands*
Makes 10 to 12

These delicate little almond cakes topped with a delicious swirl of lemon curd are absolutely delightful!  These would be great for an afternoon tea party, or . . . just because!  Simply wonderful!!

1/2 cup plain flour (70g)
1 1/2 cups ground almonds (130g)
1/3 cup icing sugar, sifted (45g)
5 large egg whites
200g unsalted butter, melted and cooled (14 TBS or 7 fluid ounces)
the finely grated zest of one lemon
5 tsp of lemon curd
icing sugar to dust the tops of the finished cakes
Optional:  Whipped cream, additional lemon curd

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F.  Grease a 10 hole, or 12 hole friand pan really well.  Set aside.

Mix the flour, ground almonds and sugar together in a bowl.  In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites with a fork until foamy.  Add to the almond mixture along with the butter and lemon zest, stirring to combine with a wooden spoon.  Spoon into the prepared pan, dividing the mixture equally amongst the holes.  Top each friand with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon curd.  Use a toothpick to swirl the lemon curd lightly through the batter.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until light golden brown.  Remove from the oven.  Let sit for a few minutes before loosening with a knife and removing to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.  Dust the tops with some icing sugar.  You can serve these with some extra lemon curd for spooning and whipped cream if desired, but they are really delicious all on their own.
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