… 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 ! 😀

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Comment :

noreply@blogger.com (Sharona May)

Looks good, very nice!

Thanks for sharing .


noreply@blogger.com (Peter G)

Happy B’day Kate! Great job with the friands…I especially like the second pic…all the best.

noreply@blogger.com (glamah16)

Happy Birthday. Your friands look lovely.

noreply@blogger.com (Tartelette)

Happy Birthday! And you made me financiers/friands…my favorites! I just made a few batches over the weekend!! Thank you 🙂 Party on!

noreply@blogger.com (Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy)

Happy Birthday!! I think it’s so fun you’ve found someone else to celebrate it with 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Larissa)

I hope your birthday is a wonderful, joyous one, Kate!

noreply@blogger.com (Rosa's Yummy Yums)

Happy Birthday! Those friands look delicious and ever so delicate tasting!



noreply@blogger.com (Mango Power Girl)

Happy Birthday Kajal! You & “simple?” ha ha 😉 The friands look amazing & I just love the colors of the flowers put together — vibrant like you!

Here’s to keeping it lovely yet simple, and to your many talents, Ms. Applemint —

Here’s to you!

Hope you are having a lot of fun … Enjoy!

noreply@blogger.com (Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm))

You are a very talented baker, food stylist and ….and…..
I have sent you an award, check my site for details.

noreply@blogger.com (Shantanu)

Wish you a Very Happy Birthday, Kajal! From a fellow Taurean…

noreply@blogger.com (Marianna)

Oh HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I’ve already said this, but I’ll say it again- the friands look FAB!! And almond-apricot combinations are always succulent!! When I’m using those 2 ingredients together I often add a dash of amaretti too!

noreply@blogger.com (Aran)

Happy birthday kate! I kust found out about it at Helen’s blog. That is so cute that you started a birthday tradition. Gorgeous financiers!

noreply@blogger.com (Homecooked)

Wish You Many Happy Returns of the day! Your cake looks amazing.Have fun 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Mishmash !)

Happy happy happy b’day, my friend 🙂 have a bash…. :)))

noreply@blogger.com (Medena)

Happy Birtday! Friands look great, like everything you make; and as always love your photography!
Have fun!

noreply@blogger.com (Swati: Sugarcraft India)

Happy birthday Girl!! Enjoy the day …whole year eh!!
Have an award for you..perfect day to give it to you!!!

noreply@blogger.com (Aaron Kagan)

Happy Birthday? I wish everything had ground almonds in it.


noreply@blogger.com (Mandy)

Happy Birthday Kate! What a great way to celebrate your birthday and Helen’s. I wonder what cake have you baked for yourself? :p

noreply@blogger.com (PheMom)

Happy Birthday! Those look beautiful and the flowers are lovely!

noreply@blogger.com (Anita)

Happy birthday dear Kate! So wonderful to find all these fellow May birthday people! Hope all your wishes come true!

noreply@blogger.com (MiNDY)

a very happy birthday to you Kate. those look so yummy. I’ll definetely try it out.

noreply@blogger.com (Zita)

Happy glorious day!!!

Just found your blog..my….o…my…am stunned, spectacular…difficult to get my eyes off of it 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Thank You all my dear friends, for your kind wished and greetings 😀
I have had a wonderful birthday. Thanks

noreply@blogger.com (Lina)

Happy birthday! Those cakes are cute!

noreply@blogger.com (Stardust)

Happy belated birthday! I’m born in May ( a Taurean ) too, but I wish I have half of your talent. =P May good health and happiness be with you alawys. =)

P/S: Lovely bake as usual! =D

noreply@blogger.com (Asha)

Happy birthday sweet girl, enjoy the cake and the day. I am day late of course!:)

noreply@blogger.com (Patricia Scarpin)

Wow, these look amazing! I have never made nor tried friands – bookmarking the recipe right now! 😉

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Thank you all dear friends for your warm wishes 🙂

Feels really nice to receive so much love :)) thank you !

noreply@blogger.com (Suzana)

Dear Kate, happy birthday to you! May you have a lovely day, filled with love, joy and some presents too! Lots of love!

And adorable friands, more than fitting for birthday girl Tartelette!

noreply@blogger.com (Deborah)

Happy belated birthday!! I hope it was a great one!!!

noreply@blogger.com (anya)

Oh Kate, please, take my sincere congratulations with your birthday!!!! Stay as you are: cheerful, sunny, creative!!!

noreply@blogger.com (mycookinghut)

Happy Belated Birthday! Lovely recipe!

noreply@blogger.com (ces)

hope you had a wonderful birthday kate! sorry i’m a day late:( but those cupcakes and the mango cake below look really good! are those oval cupcake moulds? nice!

noreply@blogger.com (mk99)

A very happy and joyous birthday to you both! Your birthday is on my wedding anniversary. Who says 13is an unlucky number? I find it to be the luckiest.

noreply@blogger.com (Dhanggit)

happy happy birthday to you!! birthdays are much sweeter when feasted with people we love!! those cakes are adorable 🙂

ps, im a sagitarrian..hope you wont forget my bday on month of december..so you will bake one for me too hehehehe big big kisses to you

noreply@blogger.com (Mochachocolata Rita)

happy belated bday! loving those gorgeous bloomies!

noreply@blogger.com (Zen Chef)

Sorry if i forgot in my last comment but…

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

noreply@blogger.com (Mansi Desai)

Hey K, I am joining your gang! I’m celebrating my b’day today on the 23rd, and thought I’m a cusp, I think I have more taurean qualitites:) so I too will gladly take a share of the beautiful b’day celebrations and your delicious baked goodies!:)

noreply@blogger.com (Alita)

Great mini-cakes! Should try them, apricots! Mmmmm…..
And the photos also, I especially like the flower arrangements!
Great work!

noreply@blogger.com (nicisme)

I’m so sorry I missed this.

Hope you had a super day.

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