It’s interesting how so many of Dorie Greenspan’s recipes (and I’m sure French recipes in general) start with the same basic ingredients (eggs, sugar, flour, and butter), yet proportions and technique transform them into such a variety of delicious treats.
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe starts with the same basic ingredients, then adds coconut and vanilla for a tasty little treat. Coconut Friands are a moist little cake related to financiers.
These little cakes are quick and easy to make. You can even make the batter ahead of time and bake the cakes a day or two later. Egg whites are whisked in a bowl, then the additional ingredients are whisked in one by one. These are meant to be baked in mini-muffin tins, and luckily I already had one.
I loved these little cakes! Very moist and coconut-y. I love vanilla so I enjoyed the vanilla flavor, but I can also imagine these made with almond extract or lemon zest and flavoring. These would also be very good drizzled with a little bittersweet chocolate. They are perfect for a tea party or shower.