Plum Friands

A few years ago, friands were really popular and were on the menu at all the nicest cafes. You don’t see them around much any more but they remain a favourite with us. Who can resist a lovely oval cake made from icing sugar, almond meal and egg whites, and topped with a juicy plum?

As we are getting into autumn here, plums are all that remain of the summer stone fruits. They are so delicious and the perfect inspiration for these plum friands.


  • 90 grams (0.8 stick ) butter
  • 40 grams flour (1/3 cup)
  • pinch salt
  • 120 grams (1 cup) icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 60 gram  (2/3 cup) ground almonds
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 plums, halved with stone removed
Makes 6

1. Melt butter in the microwave. Allow to cool.
2. Sift flour, salt, icing sugar, and almonds together. Stir to combine.
3. Lightly beat egg whites until foamy. Stir egg whites into dry ingredients, and fold until smooth. Stir in melted butter.
4. Spoon mixture into friand pan, lined with baking papers. Place half a plum on top.
5. Bake at 180 deg C (355 deg F)  for 15 – 20 minutes.
6. Allow to cool. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

If you love to cook with plums too, check out our Plum Pie with Pavlova Ice-cream

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  1. says

    Lisa and Sarah, thanks for popping over and adding to the “plummy” collection – I have now signed up to follow you and hope you will follow Carole’s Chatter too! Cheers

  2. Tanya says

    This recipe looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. Where can I buy those neat paper cases that are printed with friand? I’ve scoured the internet at online baking companies but no luck. Thank you!

    • A Spoonful of Sugar says

      Hi Tanya – I bought the friand cases at a local baking store quite a few years ago. I haven’t seen any like that in a long time. The brand is Fox Run and they come in a pack of 48.

  3. says

    These look delicious! Plums are my favorite, but I have never baked with them. Is the oval shape important or would they be good as cupcakes too?

    • A Spoonful of Sugar says

      Hi Tawny – Friands are traditionally cooked in an oval shaped friand pan but it would work just as well in a regular cupcake or muffin tin.

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