Christmas Gifts 2013 – Festive Friands

Festive Mincemeat Friands

Festive Mincemeat Friands

The onslaught of mince pies has begun and whilst I’m fond of one or two, I wanted to find another way to use my home made rum mincemeat.  Friands are a delight of almonds, light and tasty; topped with a teaspoon of mincemeat they make a wonderful way to have a festive morsel.  They also make a wonderful gift, wrapped individually in baking parchment and tied with ribbon, who wouldn’t be delighted to receive a tin of these?

Icing Sugar Dusted Mincemeat Friands

Icing Sugar Dusted Mincemeat Friands

Festive Mincemeat Friands

Makes 12

  • 120g (1 cup minus 1 and 1/2 tablespoons) flour
  • 120g (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) ground almonds
  • 250g (1 and 3/4 cups) icing sugar, sifted, plus a little for dusting
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 egg whites
  • 200g (1 and 3/4 sticks) butter, melted
  • 12 teaspoons of mincemeat


  • Preheat oven to 180 c (350f), 160c (315f ) fan
  • Mix together the flour, almonds, icing sugar and salt in a large bowl
  • Whisk the egg whites until frothy
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour almond mix and pour in the egg whites
  • Using an electric hand whisk, whisk the batter until smooth
  • Pour in the melted butter whilst whisking and ensure it is well combined
Friand batter topped with mincemeat

Friand batter topped with mincemeat

  • Spoon into a deep muffin pan, filling each space 2/3 full
  • Top with 1 teaspoon of mincemeat
  • Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown
  • Dust with icing sugar once cooled
Festive Friands

Festive Friands

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30 Responses to Christmas Gifts 2013 – Festive Friands

  1. Yummy, they look delicious and so festive!

  2. Adri says:

    Oh my, but how beautiful! I love the ribbons. And these sound delicious! Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Oh these look so good you are making me feel very guilty I haven’t even contemplated any festive baking yet.

  4. G’day! They look WONDERFUL GG, true!
    Could NOT take me eyes off your photo and could go for one of these right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  5. What a great idea! They must have tasted divine.

  6. Festive for sure! I really like friands and John asked me if I had plans to make some. I told him I didn’t have a friand pan. :) Don’t tell. I have more than I can handle right now. LOL

  7. I have never heard of these. So lovely! And the ribbons are a gorgeous touch.

  8. janie says:

    They look adorable, and proper tasty too!
    Janie x

  9. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a great idea. I love the look of these. I have some fruit mince left over so I will make these. What a perfect festive snack and I love how you presented them xx

  10. What an adorable alternative to mince pies :), I could totally see myself devouring one of these (or five).
    *kisses* H

  11. These are absolutely adorable and I love how you adapted a friand to make it Christmassy! :D

  12. Krista says:

    They are beautiful and look so easy to make. :-) I just finished my first mince tart of the season and it was splendid. :-)

  13. I just want to stare at this picture all day long. Lucky recipients.

  14. Ooooh, I like this idea! They look so cute and festive! Love the ribbon, I can’t believe you had the patience to tie those little bows ;)

  15. I love friands at any time of the year but I’ve never thought of them as Christmassy before. Lovely idea.

  16. I’ve plenty of leftover mincemeat and have been wondering what to do with it! I do love a mince pie but after a few days get a bit bored of them. Your friands look light and scrumptious and so very pretty, especially with the ribbons wrapped around. Another lovely gift idea too!

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