As I sit down to write this post, I have a mug of hot tea, some lemon mousse and the rest of the coconut friands within reach. Can I tell you how much I loved these little teacakes?
So good that I'm surprised there are any left.
So good that I've been hiding them and not sharing with dear ole hubs or the toddler.
So good that I ran an extra day this week.
So good that I've accepted that my diet has to wait until later.
I've been amazed at how simple these recipes have been and how delicious they are. I guess I decided to start FFwD at the right time! This week, the hardest part was getting my cookbook to stay open to the right page. I didn't even have to go shopping, as I had exactly 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened coconut in the pantry. Kismet!
I did have trouble melting the butter, of all things. Rookie mistake: I used the "Melt Butter" function on the microwave. It took about a minute at low power to make a butter volcano. Lesson learned: the microwave is not to be trusted.
After I added all the ingredients to the bowl, I had a thick batter with a satiny shine, like Dorie promised. I thought it looked just like oatmeal. Pass the brown sugar and milk!
Using a mini-muffin pan and a Pampered Chef medium (1oz) scoop, I was able to get exactly 24 mini cakes. When I popped them in the oven, they started looking like this after about 10 minutes...
|Excuse the dirty oven door.|
They were a little crispy on the browned edges, which added to the overall swoon factor of these cakes. Shortly after taking this photo, I may have eaten 7 of them. Maybe. I'll never tell.
I spent all week trying to remember what Filipino dessert they remind me of. Luckily, yummychunklet came to the rescue. The French friands are very similar to Filipino Puto, a steamed rice cake that contains coconut milk. I personally have had no luck with steaming desserts (perhaps one day I'll share the tale of the Kutsinta fiasco) so I'm glad to have found a suitable substitute that I can make in the oven!
Check out how the others did here: Coconut Friands
The verdict: grade: A+. I'll be making this again very soon. I'd like to try some of the add-ins that Dorie suggested (fresh fruit, candied zest, preserved ginger).
Thanks for reading, and happy eats!