Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Fruffins

Okay, so the word fruffin doesn't actually exist.  Or, at least, so I thought when I decided to use it yesterday.  Then, a quick search on trusty google revealed to me that indeed it does - apparently to describe a muffin with frosting on it.  (Ugh!)  So, I can't call these fruffins.  The problem is, they aren't a muffin but they aren't a friand - they're something in between.  So, we'll just call them tasty and be done with that!

I've made Nigella Lawon's Christmas Morning Muffins for years now on Christmas morning.  They fill the house with a perfect Christmas smell and are a lovely way to start the festivities.  When I pulled my friand pan out to use up some extra egg whites the other day, it suddenly occured to me that I could combine that recipe with a friand one.  I use Toni Coward's friand recipe as a base and usually mix in whatever fruit or nuts I'm using that day. 

So, combining the two, the Christmas Fruffin (insert whatever you want to call them here) was born.  They are super delicious - try them and you'll be hooked!

Christmas Fruffin/Muffin/Friand Tasty Things


30g almonds
125g butter
85g rapadura sugar
75g self raising flour
45g coconut
4 egg whites (120g)
85g cranberries
Zest 1/2 an orange
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Preheat oven to 180.
1.  Place almonds, sugar and orange zest into TMX bowl.  Grind on Speed 10 for 10 seconds.  Set aside.

2.  Place butter into TMX bowl.  Melt on 80° for 2 minutes on Speed 2

3.  Return almond mix to the TMX bowl and add all other ingredients.  Combine on Interval Speed for 30 seconds

4.  Spoon into friand tray and cook for approx 15 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out cleanly).


This yields about 10 friands, which is plenty for my family for a breakfast munch.  If making them for more people, just double the quantities.

You can replace the freshly grated nutmeg with ground nutmeg, if you prefer.  I like to grate it freshly with the microplane because it is literally like spraying the scent of Christmas through the kitchen.

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