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Blueberry Friand, Australia, January 2006.jpg
A blueberry friand
Main ingredientsBeurre noisette; almond flour, egg whites, sugar

A friand is a small almond cake, popular in Australia and New Zealand, closely related to the French financier.[1]

The principal ingredients are almond flour, egg whites, butter, and powdered sugar. A friand typically has additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. It is baked in small moulds, typically oval or barquette in shape. French financiers do not have additional flavorings.[2][3]

In French, a friand, which literally means 'a tasty thing', generally refers to sausage, cheese, herbs or other stuffing baked in puff pastry.[4] The word is not generally used to refer to an almond cake. See the wiktionary entry for friand.

A ham and cheese friand


  1. ^ Allen, Rachel (2012). Cake: 200 fabulous foolproof baking recipes. HarperCollins UK. A friand is a type of cake that is very popular down under in both New Zealand and Australia.
  2. ^ The Essential Baking Cookbook (Murdoch Books, 2004), 32, available online, accessed August 29, 2012
  3. ^ Gordana Trifunovic, Kitchen Classics: Picnic Hamper (Murdoch Books, 2007), 224, available online, accessed August 30, 2012
  4. ^ Prosper Montagné and Charlotte Snyder Turgeon, The New Larousse Gastronomique: The Encyclopedia of Food, Wine & Cookery (Crown Publishers, 1997), 831