french fridays with dorie: coconut friands (by jane)

OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a wimp. For all my willingness to try new things, I have to draw the line sometimes. Shredded coconut is just not my friend. I can’t stand it. Neither can my husband Howard. Nor my good friend Laury. My usual tasters. I’m too frugal to make something, and then have to search out willing tasters. So, when Coconut Friands was picked this week for French Fridays with Dorie, I knew I was in trouble.

Lucky for me, my sisters share my love of cooking. My middle (and coconut-loving) sister Jane volunteered for the challenge, and she’ll substitute for me this week to tell you how it went. (You can also see an earlier post by Jane on some delicious holiday desserts here.)

We don’t post the recipes, but you can find it in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table. You can see how the other bloggers thought of the coconut friands here.

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What an honor to be a guest blogger again! And my family was thrilled to be the guinea pigs for the coconut friands recipe. I don’t know what a “friand” actually is but this recipe was a winner in my household. I’d call it a cupcake. The recipe was simple and quick and the results turned out sweet but not oversweet, moist and delicious.

I would recommend this dessert to go with coffee even for a brunch or luncheon. It mixed up all in one bowl so it will be easy cleanup for you. But not so for me as I thought it would be a great opportunity to use my latest gadget purchase – a batter dispenser that I’d used only for pancake batter. The dispenser has a handle that dispenses as much batter as you want simply. It’s a dream for pancakes and muffins. Unfortunately, the friand batter was too thick to dispense this way so I ended up with a second bowl to wash anyway.

Next time I would top the friand with a raspberry as Dorie recommended or maybe with a dried cherry because the color of the friand was so pale that they didn’t look nearly as good as they tasted. I think if I had left them in the oven a little longer, the browner toasted top would be a sacrifice in exchange for my moist cupcakes. I’m interested to hear about other bloggers’ final results to see how else I might combat this issue. The recipe made nearly 2 dozen mini cupcakes and I kept them in my refrigerator for about a week. I warmed them for about 30 seconds in the microwave and they were still tasty a week later!

Everyone in my picky family enjoyed this recipe. Thanks to Aunt Betsy for having a coconut adverse household! See you next time.

–Betsy’s Sister Jane

My Sisters and Me. left to right, Jennifer (youngest), Betsy (oldest), Jane (middle)

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Posted on 20 April 2012, in Baking, French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Sweet sisters photo! How nice of you to step in and take on the coconut challenge and it looks like your friands turned out quite well. Mine got a little more color in the oven, but I think that’s because I used a regular muffin tin and they needed longer before they were done in the middle. But either way, we loved them too.

  2. I’m the only one in my family who had any interest in sampling these…but I’m happy to keep them all for myself! How nice of Jane to pinch hit for you~

  3. Awww. Nice guest post. What a good sister :-)
    Betsy – don’t feel bad. I made these but didn’t eat a single one (couldn’t even bring myself to lick the bowl). I absolutely abhor shredded coconut – but since other people in the house like it, I gave it a go.

  4. thekitchenlioness

    Very nice guest post – what a great idea. The Coconut Friand sure look very pretty and the photos are wonderful – I love that big cooling rack, I definitely have to try and find one in the stores around here.

  5. Betsy, How lucky to have a sister willing to take over. A very nice sister indeed! I wish I could have had someone take over last week…No sardines for me! Jane, you did a great job on the Friands…they look lovely! I am a coconut lover so this one was a piece of cake for me! Love the picture of you and your sisters! Have a great weekend!

  6. A nice guest post and you are lucky to have such a wonderful sister willing to take over. The friands look good. For me I love this..very fragrant and easy to whip up. I added fresh fruit as recommended by Dorie . Have a nice weekend.

  7. I left mine in for 8 extra minutes to try to get them a little browner. They were tasty, if a little pale.

  8. I have no brothers or sisters so I envy you! I love that photo!
    Jane, you’ve done a wonderful job!

  9. Lovely post Jane, hope you will join us again sometime. Those friands
    look delicious, and I did leave mine in a few extra minutes hoping they
    would brown up a bit. Hubby and I enjoyed them, but next time I
    would like to make some additions. Lovely family photo.

  10. You are SO thoughtful! I thought friands were some fancy French pastry – turns out that they’re super simple little tea cakes. Things just sound so much fancier in French!

  11. I always wanted at least one sister just for these kinds of situations, but all I got four brothers instead. :) You are lucky to have two sisters, Betsy! Welcome, Jane! Your cupcakes look delicious and I am glad that they were a hit with your family. I made some of mine with raspberries and they gave the friands a lovely splash of color not to mention a lovely taste with the coconut.

  12. What a fun idea to have a guest poster! I was wondering the same thing when I made mine – they looked a little pale, but I’m glad I didn’t bake them any longer because they were perfectly moist. I might try the raspberry idea next time too. I was also thinking about a chocolate glaze, but my husband thought that would be too much.

  13. So nice of you to pinch-hit for Betsy today, Jane. Your friands look lovely. Most of us enjoy coconut in my family, so I had lots of tasters.

  14. Those look tasty! I’m glad you liked them, Jane, and I’m sure your sister appreciates the help!

  15. Wow, funny how many of us have aversion to coconut, in one form or another. I personally love it, but am glad that you had a coconut loving sister to share the burden!

  16. Great family photo! I love that you found a way to make the recipe, yay for guest bloggers!

  17. How nice of Sis to step up to the plate. I don’t think it was a sacrifice. Loved the photo. Loved the Post. Nice job.

  18. How fun to have a guest post from your sister! I love coconut, but have other aversions like sardines and lamb – this has been a tough FFWD month!

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