Salted Caramel & Choc Chip Friands

I first had salted caramel chocolates several years ago from Selfridges in London. I adore anything that has a salty/sweet flavour ( Mr L and I always go halvesies on the salted/sweet popcorn at the movies ) but these choccies were close to a transcendental experience. And as you know, I am also very fond of a Friand ( I’m contemplating an apple and pinenut version next! ). So here are two of my favourite things thrust together like a boy band hastily formed from the contestant dregs of the X Factor, that then go on to win the competiton.

The cake batter alone should come with a warning. It’s so freakin’ delicious that you will want to scoff the raw mix spoon by spoon until you only have enough left for one friand! Do try to control yourself, I promise it will be worth the wait.

Ingredients:

5 large egg whites
220 soft brown sugar
185g butter melted
125g almond meal
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 level teaspoon of Maldon Sea Salt or Fleur De Sel
75g plain flour, sifted
50g dark chocolate chips ( I used some Green & Black 70% cut up into small chunks )

12 hole friand tin, lightly greased.

Preheat oven to 180c.

Whisk egg whites lightly until amalgamated.
Mix in sugar, give it a really good stir to get rid of any lumps in the sugar. Mix in the butter, almond meal, choc chips, vanilla and salt. Sift in the flour and fold in lightly.
Scoop into your waiting tin, place in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 mins until golden on top and springy to the touch. Enjoy scraping out leftover mix from the bowl…..nom nom nom…..

Much Love
Lemony x

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