… this time with 2 more birthdays to follow … Helen of Tartelette and Meee ! We are both born on the same day – 13th of May. How kewl is it to share a birthday with a fellow blogger and that too a bloody talented one. We did a cake exchange for each other last year, and before i realize another year has passed by, and i find myself scratching my head again, thinking what can i possibly make such a fantastic baker. I wish i possessed 10% of the skills she has, so i could make her something very fancy. But by now i think all of you know how i am, always go for the simple recipes … haha … so trying and keeping her likes n dislikes in mind, i made her some cute Apricot Friands. Helen i hope u like them and wish you a very Happy Birthday.
Ingredients ( frm BBC Food mag ) and ofcourse changed to fit my needs.
8 dried apricots
100 gms butter
140 gms icing sugar
25 gms plain flour
85 gms ground almonds
3 egg whites
Preheat oven to 180C. In a cup of boiling water soak the apricots for about 30 mins. Then strain and dry on a kitchen towel and cut into strips.
Melt the butter in a microwave and keep aside. Sift the icing sugar and flour in a bowl. Stir in the ground almonds.Whisk the egg whites to soft peak stage and fold them into the dry mixture.Now pour in the butter and mix gently, incorporating everything together. Pour half way into greased friand tins or cupcake moulds. Put a few strips of the apricots and pour some more of the batter this 3/4ths full. Finish with a few more slices of apricots. Bake for15-20 mins till golden brown.
The apricots and almonds work really well together, and the cake is insanely soft n tender.
I keep this post short n simple, as i head of to celebrate my birthday …. tata !