Sweet: Blackberry and star anise friands

I’m so excited to report I’ve finally acquired Sweet on Kindle. I’ve been waiting for it to be on sale as it’s a hot commodity at the library and you are literally on the waiting list for months between borrows. And while we have made something new this week from the book, I thought I’d finally get around to posting about the blackberry and star anise friands we made a while back.

The blackberries we used were foraged…our first time foraging for blackberries that grow like a weed here in Canberra…and they were really worth the time as they were super cute and juicy and delicious. That being said, I’m a bit disappointed with the result of these friands. =(

I loved the flavor of the star anise, which I ground using my mortar and pestle, and it paired nicely with the blackberries. It’s just that the glaze is too dark and it doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as the picture in the book which has a beautiful light pink glaze. How did they do that?!! I followed the directions exactly, but I got this dark purple glaze which I think makes them look not nearly as appetizing. I tried to cover it up by sprinkling on some icing sugar, but that hasn’t helped. Seriously, disappointing.

I won’t go over the process – the recipe can be found on Ottolenghi’s website – it’s a typical friand where you brown the butter and whisk the egg whites and mix in the dry ingredients which is made up of flour and almond meal. I don’t know if it would be worth trying this recipe again to see if I can get a lighter glaze – as I said, the flavor was good, it’s just the appearance that’s disappointing – there are a lot of other recipes I think I’d like to try first. Am I still glad I made them?! Sure, but this is my least favorite of the recipes I’ve made from Sweet thus far. Guess you can’t win them all.

In My Kitchen: March 2018

Things are back in full swing now that school is in session, but my kitchen this month has still seen the benefits of summer produce and generous friends…

…but first, PSA, I am not a morning person. And the morning school drop off time has been extended by half an hour. In order to get out the door and maximise my sleep, I just had to buy this cactus travel mug for my morning double shot latte…

…it reminds me of this vintage cookie jar my mom gave me 5 years ago now. I love seeing the kids lift the lid to find its hidden treasures.

One of my Hebrew translating friends was blessed with a huge tray of these delicious figs and was kind enough to offer me some to take away. Of course, I didn’t refuse them…

…or the HUGE jar of fig preserves she gave me. We’ve enjoyed this with Camembert and crackers and are quickly getting through it!

The blackberries atop these friands were picked by my husband on our first urban foraging expedition last month. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to go get more and we think the season may be passed now. But there’s always next year.

At school pick up today a friend handed me a container of eggs from their backyard chickens. Such a treat!

We finally got our hands on the chocolate that has been all over Facebook land. I see why people are mad for it, it is sooooo good. (I only bought 3 bars in case we didn’t like it.)

My cookbook “shelf” this month  – it’s gotten so full I’m running out of space for my bread bin and kettle.


Thanks to Sherry’s Pickings for hosting the In My Kitchen link up for this month. To learn more, click on the logo to the left.