Strawberry and coconut friands

Justin North's strawberry and coconut friands.
Justin North's strawberry and coconut friands. Photo: Jennifer Soo

This is a wonderful, easy recipe. Adding the strawberries halfway through cooking is genius as the juicy, semi-cooked berries are just heavenly.


220g butter

160g almond meal

310g icing sugar

70g plain flour

5 egg whites

1 punnet strawberries, hulled and sliced

1/2 cup shredded coconut


Heat butter in a saucepan until it bubbles and turns nut brown. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Place all dry ingredients in a food processor, whiz for about 30 seconds and sift into a bowl.

Whisk egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into dry ingredients, then fold in butter. Grease friand moulds with butter and dust with flour. Divide mix among moulds and bake for 8 minutes.

Top with cut strawberries and a sprinkling of coconut and cook for another 5 minutes. Cool friands on wire racks but eat while still warm.

Serve as afternoon tea or as a warm pudding with a dollop of sweetened vanilla cream.