Peach Friands Recipe with Pistachio

Peach, pistachio and ricotta friands

  • makes 6
  • Easy

Friands, mini French-style muffins made with ground almonds are so easy to make. Follow this simple recipe and treat your friends and family to these pretty, ricotta and fruit-filled delights



  • butter 100g, plus extra for the tin
  • ricotta 80g
  • vanilla paste ¼ tsp
  • lemon ½, finely zested
  • icing sugar 125g, plus 1 tbsp and extra for dusting
  • pistachios 50g
  • plain flour 35g
  • ground almonds 50g
  • egg whites 3 large
  • peach 1 slightly firm, sliced into 6 good ½ cm thick rounds


  • Step 1

    Heat oven 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Lightly butter a 6-hole friand tin or regular-sized muffin tin. Mix the ricotta with the vanilla, lemon zest and 1 tbsp icing sugar until smooth. Roughly chop 20g of pistachios.

  • Step 2

    Put the remaining 30g pistachios in a mini food processor with the flour and pulse until very finely ground, like your almonds. Mix with the almonds and icing sugar in a big mixing bowl.

  • Step 3

    Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until you get a light foam. Tip this into the dry ingredients with the melted butter and gently stir together. Divide the batter between the friand holes, then, working quickly, top each with a spoonful of the ricotta mixture. Add a slice of peach to the top of each, a sprinkling of chopped pistachios, and a dusting of icing sugar. Bake for 20-23 minutes until they have risen and are golden – if you check with a skewer you’ll probably hit the molten ricotta, so check round the edges instead.

  • Step 4

    Cool for 10 minutes in the tins, then lift out onto a cooling rack.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 365
  • Fat 23.7g
  • Carbs 31.3g
  • Fibre 1.5g
  • Protein 7g
  • Salt 0.4g