Raspberry and blueberry friands

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Since I have quite a fair bit of egg whites left after the baking session, I decided to do something with them. Macarons? Nope. It will involve too much work and I’m too tired to make such an attempt. A good alternative would be friands, small almond cakes with a crisp crust, but exceptionally light and moist on the inside. I do have blueberries on hand and I thought I would bake Rachel Allen’s raspberry and blueberry friands. All I have to do is to get some raspberries from the supermarket.

It’s quite an easy bake. Do try!

Ingredients:
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150g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting (I used snow powder to replace some amount of icing sugar)
50g plain flour
100g ground almonds
100g butter, melted
24 fresh raspberries
24 fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl using the standmixer (whisk)/ handheld mixer and whizz, until the egg whites are foamy but not holding stiff peaks.

Sift in the icing sugar and flour, then add the ground almonds and melted butter and stir just to combine. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases, filling each three-quarters full, then add two raspberries and two blueberries to the centre of each cake, pressing the fruit lightly into the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a light golden colour and slightly springy to the touch.

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Remove the friands from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove from the tray, place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Arrange the cakes on a plate and dust with icing sugar to serve. If not eating immediately, store them in an airtight box, where they will stay wonderfully moist for up to three days. However, for our tropical humid weather, I would suggest finishing them up asap.

Family fun at River Safari

IMG_2248The family spent the last day of August at River Safari, all thanks to the SIL whose workplace was holding its Family Day.

As it was a weekend, you could expect a huge crowd. We reached the park at around 9am and followed the trail where it leads the visitors to learn about the various famous rivers like the Mississippi River and Mekong River, to name a few. It was rather educational, giving snippets of information on them. However, there simply were too many people on that day and stopping to read could be a real pain.

 

The highlight was perhaps the famed pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia and it makes us wonder how they are related to rivers. Hmm…

Anyway, we managed to catch both Kai Kai and Jia Jia. The latter who is more introverted went back to her comfort zone after roaming out of her den once. Kai Kai was just basking in the sun.

There were only two eateries at the River Safari and it makes much sense to pack your own food (to avoid queuing for long)! It’s definitely more economical this way too. 😉

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River Safari was mostly sheltered so visitors don’t really have to worry too much about rainy days.

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Remember to bring your own food! These egg tarts were supplied by Mabel!

Not all facilities are in operation currently. Perhaps, when the Amazon River Quest boat ride and animal exhibits along this ride are available (later this year), it will be more worth it to visit. Oh yes, I would definitely go on a weekday morning in future.

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