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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  1. says

    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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