Tuesday, July 12, 2011

strawberry friands

i'm back on track, on my regular track. i am on my holiday now! i have been enjoying my holiday for a week today. today, i woke up in a very good mood, big smile on my face and i felt so motivated. i have planned my self to cook a chicken laksa today and bake some cakes. maybe because of my ecstatic mood, everything tastes better than usual. the chicken laksa is so crazily delicious, i've eaten it for about, hmm.. 4 times maybe or is it 5, i'm not really counting. haha. unfortunately, i was just too busy eating it until i forgot to take a picture of it and show it to all of you. i'm so sorry, so i think i should stop talking about it before you all get more curious. now, let me introduce you to something lovely, see the heart-shaped strawberries?

another beautiful things i made today is friands. friands is basically almost the same as financier. well, financier are actually a French cake, a light, moist teacake which usually used ground almonds. financier according to wiki literally derived from French traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. while friands, popularized by the Australians and the Kiwis, is a modified financier with additional flavor like chocolate or fruits like berries and also baked in oval shape.

my love for this cake is actually haven't been that long. i just knew this kind of cake like a year ago and have been very keen on trying since these couple months. friands has been everywhere i look, i look at my cookbook - there are friands recipes, i look at other foodblogs - there are also friands, and finally i watch Masterchef - there is a financier. seems like this cake has been haunting me.. that's why i couldn't stop my self from making it today. haha. any of you interested and having a curiosity about this cute little financier? don't hesitate, just make it straight away..

Strawberry Friands
makes 12 mini muffin size

50 gr butter, melted, cool to room temperature
50 gr ground almonds
100 gr icing sugar
50 gr all purpose flour
3 egg whites
1/4 vanilla pod, slit open, scrape seeds
6 strawberries, hulled, cut half lengthwise


  1. preheat oven to 180 degree C. grease a mini muffin tin with butter. set aside.
  2. beat the egg whites with vanilla seeds just until frothy. sift the icing sugar, flour, and ground almonds into the egg whites. fold it with metal spoon just until incorporated.
  3. add melted butter into the egg whites mixture, mix evenly.
  4. pour about 3/4 tablespoons of batter into each muffin holes. topped each of them with the heart-shaped strawberry.
  5. bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
simple but lovely. this is my new love-affair.
in the end, thank you for reading everyone!
have a nice day.. :)


  1. Your Strawberry Friands are gorgeous, and they sound so delicious! Thank you for sharing them with The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

  2. The strawberries are too cute! Lovely post Mon :D

  3. Awww the hearth shape strawberry looks so cute :) Thanks for sharing it with hearth and soup hop

  4. Chicken laksa? Momon.... you kill me T____T. Dulu pernah bikin laksa pasta ayam abis tu ketagihan 3 hari berturut-turut masak laksa hahaha. Mon, foto friandsnya yang kebelah tuh yang strawberrynya bergurat-gurat, seksih bgt deh :D. Kliatan enaaak gt, hemmm. Mon, dulu kamu pernah nulis pengen sebulan sekali posting kue traditional indo? Gimana kalo sebulan sekali kita barengan posting yang berbau Indo gitu? Kamu kuenya aku masakannya? Sayang nih banyak foto2 masakanku nganggur gak tayang2 gara2 keasyikan posting bento doang hehehehe.

  5. @April: aah, you're welcome April, it's my pleasure to join the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop!

  6. @Ayu: thanks Yu, you're too kind.. :)

  7. @Kankana: Hi Kankana, thanks for dropping by.. :) you have such an inspiring blog, love it!

  8. @Tabon: wah iya Ta, emang bikin nagih bgt tuh laksa. hahaha. tengkyu pujiannya taaa.. ;) haha. senangnya bisa bikin foto seksih, jarang2 boo.. eniwei, ayuk2 qta barengan aja.. aku rencana posting bln ini tgl 23/24an gt deh.. punya km dah ready published kan? tar ak email km ya klo udh mau tayang dessert ku.. oce2?

  9. Siyap, tanggal 23/24 yah? Mungkin aku duluan tgl 21 gpp kan ya? Soalnya tgl 22-23 ai ikut outbond, minggu kayaknya bakal klenger kecapekan hehehe. Well well well, jadi kita berdua bakal punya acara kita sendiri yah sebulan sekali hihihihi.

  10. Monica that's lovely!! Looks really pretty with that heart shape =D

  11. @tabon: okay taaa.. tp sebenernya kan bs dischedule post nya, hahaha. km tulis tgl 22-23 trus schedule di tgl 24. haha. tapiii, klo emg km lbh enak post tgl 21 yowes 21 aja ndak apaa.. :) iya nih, aku senang sekali bs pny partner kyk km! :D can't wait!!

  12. Very sweet, thanks for sharing with the hearth n soul hop!

  13. Hey Monica, these friands look sweeeeeet and adorable! If I were a boy, I would probably dream about a sweet girl (like you) making these for me LOL!

    I'm fan of laksa too! I'm interested in how to cook in traditional indonesian way, would you please give me some info. (esp the soup) about this? :)

  14. @Melynda: ah, thank you Melynda.. :) i'm so glad to share it with all of you in the hearth and soul blog hop!

  15. @Siukwan: Hey Siukwan, your comment makes my cheek blush. LOL. you're too kind.. ha ha. sure, i would happily share it with you, i'll send it to you via email, may i know your email address? :)

  16. Hey Hey Monica, I'm not man but I stil love sweet girl huh!

    My email is siukwankitchen@gmail.com

    Thank you so much!!! (((Kiss Kiss)))

  17. @Siukwan: hahaha. u're so funny Siukwan! anyway, i've sent you an email.. hope you enjoy it.. Kisses for you too! hahaha


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