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Hazelnut Pear Friands


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Ingredients             

(makes 12) For the Friands
  • 65g plain flour
  • 250g pure Icing sugar
  • 125g hazelnut meal
  • 6 egg whites
  • 175g butter melted
  • Zest of lime and extra icing sugar for serving
  • Sliced hazelnuts to garnish
  • 2-3 pears, sliced

Method
For the Friands
Preheat oven to 170°C  and grease a friand or muffin pan. Sieve the flour, hazelnut meal and icing sugar into a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until just soft peak. Gently fold in the dry ingredients, the zest then fold in the butter. Fill the friand or muffin tin to about ⅔ full. Top each friand with a few slices of pear and sprinkle with sliced hazelnuts. Place into the center of the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Leave to cool in tin for 15 minutes before turning out.
*** you can substitute wheat free cornflour to make it gluten free**          
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