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Toasted Almond and Strawberry Friands

[Photograph: Anna Markow]

Friands are incredibly simple, easy cakelets that keep well in both baked and unbaked forms. A perfect moist foil for a cup of tea or coffee, they're closely related to financiers and madeleines and are very easy to adapt to any taste. Classically made with almond flour, you can get a richer, more unique flavor and lovely color by pre-toasting the almond flour. You can also substitute any other nut flour, add citrus zest or spices or even swap out the basic melted butter for another liquid fat like coconut oil or olive oil (or perhaps even bacon fat, if you're super adventurous).

Note: Adding fresh fruit to the friands significantly reduces their shelf life. Things like blueberries will keep for three or four days in the refrigerator, wheres strawberries will only keep for a day or two (though I think they taste better).

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