Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Friands
Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Friands
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  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Baking
  • Preparation Time 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time 20 minutes
  • Yield 24 servings
Ingredients
  • Friands:
  • 1½ cups whole Hazelnuts, toasted and peeled
  • 1¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Dutch process Cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant Espresso powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Nutmeg
  • 2 cups Icing sugar, sifted
  • ¾ cup unsalted Butter, melted
  • 6 large Egg whites, at room temperature
  • Ganache glaze:
  • 113 grams semisweet Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Corn syrup
  • 43 grams White chocolate
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C) and grease a mini friend pan (24 mini friands). Alternatively, you can bake these in a standard mini-muffin tin
  2. Pulse the hazelnuts with the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder and nutmeg until the nuts are finely ground. Have the sifted icing sugar in a large bowl and stir the nut mixture into it. Stir in the melted butter (the batter will be dense)
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are foamy and stir these into the batter. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of a friend comes out clean. Immediately turn out the friands to cool completely
  4. For the ganache glaze, place the chocolate, butter and cornsyrup in a metal bowl resting over a pot of barely simmering water and stir gently until melted. Cool just enough so that the ganache clings to a spoon or spatula with running. Dip the top of each friend into the glaze and set upright to cool
  5. Melt the white chocolate in a metal bowl resting over a pot of barely simmering water, stirring gently until melted. Spoon the melted chocolate into a little piping bag or use a fork to drizzle a pattern over each friend and let them set

The friands will keep up to 5 days stored at room temperature (they actually taste better a day after they’ve been baked.)

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