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  • Makes 12
  • 10 mins prep
  • 20 mins cook

Christmas fruit and spice friands

Christmas fruit and spice friands

These fruit and spice friands are a delightful treat for a Christmas Day brunch or breakfast. Topped with juicy fresh cherries and sweet spiced syrup, it's the perfect way to start a festive day.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1 1/2 cups ground almonds
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 200 g butter, melted
  • 200 g crème fraîche
  • 300 g fresh cherries

Spice syrup

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 cup water

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 230°C. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper cases.
  2. Sift icing sugar, flour and spices into a large bowl. Stir in currants and ground almonds; make a well in the centre. Add egg whites, zest and butter; stir with a metal spoon until combined. Spoon mixture into paper cases.
  3. Bake friands for 5 minutes. Reduce oven to 200°C; bake for a further 12 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave friands in the muffin pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, make Spice syrup (see below).
  5. Top friands with crème fraîche and cherries; drizzle with syrup.

Spice syrup

  1. Split vanilla bean lengthways; scrape out seeds. Place vanilla bean and seeds in a medium saucepan with sugar and mixed spice; stir to combine. Add the water; cook, stirring, over low heat for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil, uncovered, without stirring, for 5 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
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