Thrifty Thursday – noun
Pronounced: Thrifty |ˈθriftē| Thursday |ˈθərzˌdā; -dē|
1. A day to which posts based on thriftiness are uploaded for your viewing pleasure, be it op-shop discoveries, crafty projects or yummy new recipes…
Thrifty Thursday Number Four:
Last Saturday was my nephew Samuel’s 6th birthday party. We had a ‘making party’, and hosted it at a wonderful place called, ‘That’s not Garbage‘.
Because the owners were so nice and accommodating of our enquiry, my sister and I decided to bring them home made edible flower friands as a small ‘thank you’.
The friands went down quite a treat, if I may say so myself.
I have been meaning to post this recipe up for you. It is so amazingly easy and quick, and the friands are just so yummy!
Ingredients that I use:
100g of butter
125g of icing sugar (I’ve also used caster sugar on occasion, ie. if the icing sugar is way in the back of the cupboard, and I can’t be bothered looking) + extra sugar for the flowers
110g ground almonds (or any nuts you fancy really)
3 egg whites
zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
6 little yellow roses
6 little red rose buds
1 small bunch of lavendar
Ok, ready… set… bake!
Part 1. Prepare your sugared flowers.
Step 1. First you need to clean your little flowers, and remove all stems and dead looking bits. Then arrange them onto a tray.
(SIDE NOTE: the whole reason that this recipe fits into this whole Thrifty Thursday thing is because of a couple of reasons; the lavendar comes from out the front of a house on Ashford Road. Yes, I guess that does make it stolen lavendar, but stealing is thrifty! Right?! Also, the lemon comes straight from our tree in our little backyard, and the roses from our bushes that are out the front.)
Step 2. Separate the white of an egg into a bowl, and use some of it to lightly coat each flower.
Step 3. Sprinkle the flowers with plenty of sugar, and then leave them to dry.
Part 2. Make your friands.
Step 1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C, put 6 friand patty pans into a friand tin, and melt your butter.
Step 2. Combine your ground nuts and sugar in a bowl, add your lemon zest. Then mix.
Step 3. Whisk your egg whites (obviously in a separate bowl) until they form a light and floppy foam. Then gently mix the whites in with your dry ingredients, along with your melted butter AND also sprinkle in some little bits of lavendar petals. It should form a soft, moist batter. Make sure to not be too crazy with the mixing.
Step 4. Spoon your mixture into your tins. And bake until golden brown and crispy looking on top. This should take about 20 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, let the friands cool in the tin for a few minutes, so that they set. Then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
Step 5. Decorate each friand with your sugared flowers. I also drizzled them with a tiny bit of honey, so the flowers would stick.