Plum, Blackberry and Bay Friand Bake by Yotam Ottolenghi

This is the perfect recipe for entertaining with friends to serve at the end of a lovely meal,  you can leave this cooking and smelling delicious while you eat and take out 10 minutes before you are ready to serve.  The leftovers (if any) would be delicious for a sweet breakfast with a hot coffee in the morning.

Plum, blackberry and bay friand bake by Yotam Ottolenghi - Beautiful Heirloom Home

Plum, blackberry and bay friand bake by Yotam Ottolenghi

Friands are the light, moist almond cakes popular in Australia, New Zealand and France. Whisked egg whites and very little flour make them wonderfully light, and the ground almonds make them really moist. Traditionally they’re small cakes, but here I tip the batter into  a baking dish and cook it whole.
You can make the batter well in advance here, if you want to  get ahead – it keeps well in the fridge up to a day ahead – but don’t macerate the fruit for this amount of time as it will become too juicy.
Serve with custard, vanilla ice cream or cream. The fruit can  be played around with, depending on the season. Raspberries and peaches can be used in the early summer months, for example.
Course Dessert
Servings 6


  • 200 g Blackberries
  • 4 Ripe Pulms, stones removed, cut into 1cm wide wedges (360g)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 60 g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Fresh Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 60 g Plain Flour
  • 200 g Icing Sugar, sifted
  • 120 g Ground Almonds
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 150 g Egg Whites (from 4-5 large eggs)
  • 180 g Unsalted Butter melted and slightly cooled


  • Place the blackberries and plums in a bowl with the vanilla extract, sugar, bay leaves and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Set aside for 30minutes. Don’t be tempted to leave them sitting around for longer than this, as the fruit will become too juicy.
  • Preheat the oven to 190°C fan.
  • Mix the flour, icing sugar, ground almonds, the remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon and salt in a separate large bowl. Set aside.
  • Lightly whisk the egg whites by hand for 30 seconds, so they just start to froth. Stir into the flour mixture, along with the melted butter, until combined.
  • Tip the batter into a 20 x 30cm parchment-lined baking dish and top evenly with the fruit and juices. Bake for 40 minutes, coveringthe dish with foil for the final 10 minutes, until the batter is golden-brown and the fruit is bubbling. Set aside for 10 minutes before serving.


 Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi - Beautiful Heirloom HomeRecipe and image extracted from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, £25) Photography by Jonathan Lovekin
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