Dark Chocolate & Green Tea Friand

Friands were all the rage at some point eight years ago. I remember them appearing at a cafe near my former workplace in the city and thought they were just darling little things. However, as will all fads, people soon found something else to obsess about and friands simply became another cafe food option; the also-ran to the ‘it’ items.

Dark Chocolate & Green Tea Friand

Actually, I don’t think friands really set the cafe & patisserie realm on fire; certainly nowhere near as much as cupcakes, macarons and even chiffon cakes. Sadly they aren’t as attractive or interesting in presentation (unless you have a penchant for oval shaped things) and in terms of taste and texture, they can lean on the bland and boring side. No one really came up with inventive flavours for them either (raspberry seemed to be the default flavour for friands…).

Dark Chocolate & Green Tea Friand

I was at my local cafe the other weekend and decided to have a friand with my capp. Easter had caught up to my hips and thighs so I wasn’t after a giant muffin or mud cake. I chose a friand since they’re a modest sized snack and relatively carb free (certainly not fat free but can’t win them all). It was then that I wondered why I personally had never made friands before. I bought a friand pan many years ago but it remained disused. I may have used it once to finish off overflow cupcake mixture.

Dark Chocolate & Green Tea Friand

My first effort was OK. Hubby enjoyed it enough but suggested that it wasn’t as light as some of the friands he was familiar with. I conceded that I was a little heavy-handed with mixing in the egg white. I also wasn’t sure how much friands would rise in the oven so ended up overfilling the pan, resulting in friands that weren’t completely baked through. I still need to learn how to restrain myself when filling :| I should have filled about 1cm less than in the photo below.

Dark Chocolate & Green Tea Friand

A couple more attempts saw vast improvement and I’m happy to say that I can do the friand, albeit slightly pregnant looking ones. The recipe is very simple (adapted from Kate Lamont’s recipe found online) and you can do up an easy half-dozen in a relatively short period of time. Perfect for afternoon tea :)

Dark Chocolate & Green Tea Friand

Dark Chocolate & Green Tea Friands

80g unsalted butter, melted and cooled (100g of butter for extra buttery friands)
20g dark chocolate
120g icing sugar
35g plain flour
75g ground almonds
1 tpsp cocoa
1 tsp green tea
3 egg whites

To make: Pre-heat oven to 180C. Sift icing sugar and flour, add almond meal and combine. If you have a Thermomix or food processor, you can throw the dry ingredients in and blitz very briefly to sift & combine at once. Place half of mixture into another bowl. Mix cocoa into one bowl and green tea into the other. Beat egg whites to very soft peak and fold half the amount gently through each of the two flour mix. I find that it’s ok to not fully combine the egg whites at this stage so if you can still see egg white, don’t worry. Gently fold in half the melted butter into each bowl so that the liquid is well combined. The mixture should seem a little moussey. Place some chocolate mix into greased friand pan, then cover with some green tea mix. Finish with more chocolate mix then use a chopstick or skewer to marble the mixture. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until skewer comes out fairly clean.



  1. megan

    May 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I have an unhealthy love of almond meal – these look delicious. the green and brown look gorgeous together

    • Monica

      May 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks :) The Japanese quite like the combo of dark, bitter chocolate with green tea. Works quite well but the recipe is easy to adapt for other flavours.

  2. Quirky Cooking

    May 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    These look lovely!! Will definitely be trying them soon! :)

    • Monica

      May 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks! Please do :)

  3. Pamela

    May 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Sorry to sound a bit silly but do you mean 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves or made-up green tea liquid?

    • Monica

      May 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Not silly at all! I should have clarified. I mean matcha green tea powder. The sort used for Japanese tea ceremonies but most Asian grocers should stock it :)

  4. Apex@blueapocalypse

    May 6, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I’m a huge fan of friands. I prefer their lighter texture to muffins and cupcakes and I love using almond meal to bake. Good work with the marbling effect, I always mix too much and it looks a mess!

    • Monica

      May 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Miss A :) Sometimes those giant muffins really get me down so a friand is perfect! Marbling… I’ve come to learn that you should do no more than two swirls :|

  5. mademoiselle délicieuse

    May 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Love making friands coz they’re so easy to do! I’ve made them plain and green tea flavoured, with jam or fruit. Love how almond meal makes them moist and almost crumbly.

    • Monica

      May 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Ahhh yes :) Such an underrated beastie I reckon :) Not at all stodgy like most muffins :D

  6. Lisa

    November 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    These look lovely! I would love to try them….just wondering when you add the 20g dark chocolate? Should that be melted? Thanks!

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