Saturday, September 12, 2009

Toasted coconut and banana friands

Toasted coconut and banana friands / Friands de coco tostado e banana

Driving in Sao Paulo can be quite tiring and in the middle of the daily traffic jams the radio becomes my best friend.
Even though I listen to music most of the time, I love to catch Carla Pernambuco’s comments about food on MitFM. I’m a huge fan of her work and can’t wait to have dinner at her restaurant again.
Last week she was talking about financiers and friands and it suddenly hit me: I hadn’t posted these coconut friands yet!

So there you have it: friands with a very tropical feeling. And to avoid sticking problems, I used a wonderful silicone pan Margarete sent me as a gift. Thank you, sweetie!

Toasted coconut and banana friands / Friands de coco tostado e banana

Toasted coconut and banana friands
from Little Cafe Cakes

½ cup (45g) fine desiccated coconut
½ cup (50g) sweetened flaked coconut
175g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 ½ cups (210g) icing sugar, sifted
½ cup (70g) all purpose flour, sifted
6 egg whites
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 bananas, sliced

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Grease well 10 individual cake or muffin pans.
Place both measures of coconut on a baking tray and toast in oven for 5 minutes, turning once, until golden. Cool.
Place all ingredients except bananas into a mixing bowl. Stir until just combined.
Spoon mixture into prepared pans to just over ½ full. Top each with a couple of banana slices. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
Allow to stand in pans for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Makes 10 – I halved the recipe, used 3-tablespoon-capacity pans and got 15 tiny friands


mari said...

As usual, I'm drooling over your baked goods. I'm pretty bummed, though, because I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes and can't eat sweets until after my baby is born. Unh...but believe me, I'm saving all these great recipes!

anna said...

Ooh, coconut and banana! Yummy! Those are so cute.

FriedBlueTomatoes said...

Oh my~~~ simple yet looking fabulously delicious~ my kind of food. :) will have to bookmark this one. Thanks for the post!

Vanille said...

Love these tropical friands ! Cute !

Starr said...

These definitely look yummy. Guess I'm adding coconut and bananas to this week's shopping list. Mari - You're not alone. A close friend is also dealing with gestational diabetes, and I'm wondering if these friands could be made with agave nectar or simply without the sweetener.

Jennifer said...

These are so creative!!! I love tropical treats! yum!

eliza said...

banana & coconut are wonderful combo together! hmmm..

mycookinghut said...

I love this combo.. both coconut and banana are my favs.. bookmark this! :)

Barbara said...

These look divine! Kind of sticky which I adore. Will they make me feel as though I'm in the Caribbean?

Jennifer, A Self-Confessed Foodie said...

These delicious and it sounds like they're pretty easy too! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Ninette said...

These look amazing! Thank you for sharing a lovely recipe.

lululu said...

i could smell the coconut here!
one question though, do muffin liners work?

rsa training said...

That must have taste so delicious, if you don’t mind I have to print this recipe so that my granny will bake it for me, thanks!

Global city condo said...

That looks too good to eat! Yummy!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Dear Mari, I'm so, so sorry to hear that. :(
Take care of yourself, will you? I want to see you strong and healthy!

Anna, thank you!

Fried Blue, thank you for commenting!

Vanille, thank you!

Starr, tks for stopping by! And I don't know about replacing the sugar, here, unfortunately... :(

Jen, thank you!

Liz, thank you!

Leemei, thank you, darling!

Barbara, tks for stopping by! They might make you feel like you were in Brazil, how about that? :D

Jennifer, thank you! The recipe is very quick to put together.

Ninette, thank you for visiting!

Lu, I think the friands would get pretty stuck on the paper... :(

Rsa, thank you! Go ahead. :)

Global..., thank you!

eatme_delicious said...

I don't know if I've ever heard of a friand but yummmmmm I want one now! I love the piece of banana on top.

Peabody said...

The banana looks like a cute little button sitting on top. Much fun.

Cynthia said...

Look what you've gone and made me do - bookmark another recipe!

Abby said...

Gorgeous, as always. I love anything with banana, and so does my little one! We'll have to share one of these...

(PS. Love that material, too. Retro, but modern. So cute!)

islandgirl4ever2 said...

These look like something my friend's mom (from Brasil) used to make when we were kids... without the banana, but with the coconut... I used to LOVE them!!


mycookinghut said...

Looks really cute and yummy! :)

Lynnette said...

These looked so amazing I just had to make them. I used a mini cheesecake pan with no other changes. They tasted divine and will make them again for sure!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Lynnette!
I'm so glad to hear everyone liked the friands! Thank YOU for coming here and letting me know.

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