Pear & Chocolate Friand in white baking dish with serving spoon
Pear & Chocolate Friand

If you’ve never made a friand, you’ll fall in love once you do. Not only is it simple to put together, you can use a wide variety of fruit with great success. My cookbook contains a cranberry version that is so good during the holidays. Here, pears take center stage in an almond flour laced batter that cooks up tender and custardy on the inside, with the most delicious crusty lid that will keep you coming back. I’ve studded this one with chocolate chunks… because pears and chocolate are divine of course. Serve warm with a little vanilla ice cream.

Pear & Chocolate Friand

Pear & Chocolate Friand in white baking dish with serving spoon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
If you’ve never made a friand, you’ll fall in love once you do. Not only is it simple to put together, you can use a wide variety of fruit with great success. My cookbook contains a cranberry version that is so good during the holidays. Here, pears take center stage in an almond flour laced batter that cooks up tender and custardy on the inside, with the most delicious crusty lid that will keep you coming back. I’ve studded this one with chocolate chunks… because pears and chocolate are divine of course. Serve warm with a little vanilla ice cream.
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Course Dessert
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

  • cup (53 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ⅔ cup (200 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (120 grams) almond flour
  • teaspoon salt
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3 medium bosc pears
  • ½ vanilla bean, or substitute 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks, or a 4 ounce bar of dark chocolate coarsely chopped
  • vanilla ice cream for serving

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 F. Butter a 12-inch square baking dish.
  • Brown the butter by placing it in a medium saucepan over medium heat. After the butter has melted, allow it to cook, it will bubble and make noise, until you begin to see the milk solids in the butter turn brown. Stir with a heat proof spatula, and before it has a chance to turn black and burn, remove it from the heat and pour it into a heat proof bowl. Allow the brown butter to cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Peel the pears, and cut into ½-inch pieces. Place in a bowl and if using the vanilla bean, cut that in half lengthwise and scrape the beans into the bowl with the pear, tossing gently to distribute the vanilla bean flecks. Or, stir the vanilla extract into the pears if you are not using the vanilla bean pod.
  • Whisk the flour, almond flour, powdered sugar and salt together in a small bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the flour mixture, then the cooled brown butter and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Scatter the pears evenly on top of the batter, followed by the chocolate chunks. Place the dish in your preheated oven.
  • Bake the friand for 35 minutes, then check to make sure it’s not getting too brown. If this happens, tent the dish with foil and return it to the oven for another 10 minutes. It will take between 50-55 minutes total time to bake.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before serving. You can make this about 2 hours ahead of time if you like, and gently reheat before serving with vanilla ice cream.
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