Blood Orange & Poppy Seed Friands

blood orange friand 2
Well, hello!

Hooray for the weekend! Oooooooph what a week. Work is crazy – I’m currently working on A/W 2016 and starting S/S17 so I’ve no idea where the heckins I am right now! Throw in two days of schlepping round Paris for samples and inspiration ( we walked over 9 miles each day according to our pedometer apps – which hopefully burnt off most of the baguettes/ macarons/ eclairs/ wine ) plus a never-ending head cold that just won’t fudging budge… I said…Ooooooph. I don’t know if I need two weeks of sleep, several strong coffees or a bottle of wine. All of the above I suspect.

As such I’ve been really looking forward to having a spare couple of hours to go to my happy place ( baking ) , and soon as Little Love went down for her nap today ( what ever will I do when she stops napping! ) I popped the Archers omnibus on the iPad and got cracking.

I haven’t made any friands for a while and I’ve been wanting to try out a zingy citrus poppy-seed version. Serendipitously, I had some blood oranges left in the fruit bowl and as I wanted to show of their flame hued beauty,  I placed a thin slice of orange at the bottom of each one. I think you’ll agree that they look extremely pretty!
Well, Little love certainly did because she stole one from the plate as I was taking these photos! I then managed to get some lovely shots of her nibbling away…..

sophie 2

Gaarrrrr! Look at that face! I know I’m biased but I think it’s just scrumptious. Oh and happily so were the friands!

blood orange friand 1

5 Large Egg Whites
185g Butter, Melted
125g Ground Almonds
220g Icing Sugar
75g Plain Flour
zest of 1 blood orange
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 blood orange, peel and pith cut away and finely sliced

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Grease and flour a 12 hole muffin tin – don’t skimp on this bit as they will be a bugger to get out of the tin. Use quick release spray if you have it. Place an orange slice in the base of each hole.

Whisk the egg whites in bowl until amalgamated and lightly frothed.

Add the melted butter, ground almonds, sifted icing sugar and orange zest. Then stir in flour and the poppy seeds as lightly as possible.

Spoon into your tin and place in the centre of the preheated oven for 20 – 25 mins.

They are done when they are lightly golden on top and are springy to the touch.

Leave to cool slightly before popping out of the tin. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Happy Baking!

Lemony x


  1. As it is no longer blood orange season in Aust can I use Navel or Valencia please? Alos have you sites the banana brownie recipe anywhere yet please. (Fingers crossed as I type).

    • lemo9809 says:

      Hey, I think you could use any sort of orange! Blood oranges just look so pretty. I really wish I’d made a syrup with orange juice and sugar and drizzled it over the cakes…..
      Regarding the banana brownies – I just need to finish writing up the post! will get on to that soon I promise! x


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