ffwD: Coconut Friands

I was curious as to how this week’s assignment, coconut friands, would turn out. The batter didn’t seem hard to assemble at all and somewhat healthy to boot (all egg whites). However, once I started mixing the coconut into the smooth batter, I realized it smelled strangely familiar. And my suspicions only heightened while the mini cakes were baking. Finally, after tasting a quickly cooled little cake and with the help of my friend (Codename: Candelabra), the familiarity of these cakes was clear. These coconut friands are almost identical in smell, taste, and texture to puto, or Filipino rice cake. Filipinos make similar tiny, moist, and slightly sticky rice flour-based coconut cakes, but we add food coloring or tinted flavor essences to achieve pastel colored cakes, like purple ube essence or mint green pandan essence. We also steam the cakes as opposed to baking them. Regardless, these coconut friands were winners in my book. Easy effort for a tasty treat!

To see how others fared with coconut friands, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


79 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Choc Chip Uru
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 06:49:21

    These friands are heavenly – they look soft fluffy and the coconut makes them tropical! πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 06:54:21

    Oh yum! These look fantastic. Lovely bite sized individual treats.

  3. TrafficDiva
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 07:04:04

    You know how much I love those Ube cakes (Granny and Mom loved them too!) so I’d be willing to give this receipe a try..even though we are not big coconut fans. Your pics make these look SOOOO tempting!!

  4. Cher
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 07:05:42

    Glad these were a hit for you – I have never tried ubu or pandan essence (now, I need to go Google them…)
    Have a good weekend.

  5. thekalechronicles
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 07:05:48

    Mmm. Coconut.

  6. Louise
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 07:29:34

    Many times a recipe has a new name but alas, it is one we remember from another time:) Your Coconut Friands look delightful. I like the notion of adding essence and color too though:)

    Thanks for sharing…

  7. Inger Wilkerson
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 07:32:00

    These look delicious–and what a surprise to get that deja vu feeling while making them! My kids are still on the fence about coconut… but I’m working on them!

  8. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 07:57:43

    I was surprised by how much I liked these! Glad they were a hit for you too!

  9. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:09:06

    Love your photos, as always. I, too, had discovery of something familiar. How funny!

  10. rondamkisner
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:15:04

    Gosh, they do look tasty!

  11. JasmyneTea
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:19:03

    I don’t bake often with coconut, but these look great, I’ll have to give this recipe a try πŸ™‚

  12. Mary Hirsch
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:26:30

    That was interesting – that these were a familiar smell, taste and texture to your “puto”. And, it makes sense that coconut would be a favorite Filipino additive. I don’t know why the friands are a favorite in New Zealand and Australia right now but that seems to be true. I liked these also.

  13. Beth
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:27:08

    These friands are so pretty!

  14. Ei
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:32:51

    I want pastel cakes! They’d be super Springy that way.

  15. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:36:10

    ok, if these are similar to Filopino puto, I’m going to make a few extra for my parents!!! YUMMY!

  16. kitchen flavours
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 09:06:41

    Looks good! I love any cakes with coconuts!

  17. Krissy
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 09:58:34

    I agree…for the amount of effort it takes to make these cakes the pay back is tremendous…I’m a coconut love and really enjoyed this recipe. Your friands are beautiful and look so dressed up in their pretty wrappers. I’ll have to check out puto…sounds like something I would also love.

  18. Loveforfood
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 10:11:11

    These look perfect!!!

  19. Reem | Simply Reem
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 10:31:13

    These look fantastic!!!
    I don’t use coconut much in baking even though I love it so much but after seeing these baby it is time to correct my mistake….

  20. Elin
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 11:05:53

    Your friands looks wonderful. Beautiful ! I have not tried puto before so I now since you say there is a similarity….:) but these coconut friands are great especially I added fresh cranberries to them…yummy alright !

  21. Heather
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 11:54:24

    looks yummy! my family does not like coconut at all

  22. oneexpatslife
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 12:51:02

    I learned something new today. And now I have to go make a note in my book that these would be great at Easter with a little pastel food coloring.

  23. maha
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 13:02:11

    cakes luks perfectly done…never feels bore 2 eat…yummy.

  24. Alice
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 13:25:57

    oh I agree these are quick, tasty treats! it would be fun to dye these different colors too!

  25. Healthy cooking blog
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 13:27:36

    I love this sweet little things as they are made from Coconut. Thank you…

  26. Janet Rudolph
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 13:38:33

    These look delicious.. glad they worked out. Great photos, too!

  27. Frankly Entertaining (@frentertaining)
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 14:10:14

    I loved how easy these were. After reading your post I’m tempted to try some subtle flavoring additions next time.

  28. mary
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 16:27:38

    Yes, they would be winners in mine too! delicious – my oldest daughter would love these – she’s nuts about coconut!
    Mary x

  29. bakingaddict
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 17:05:59

    What a great discovery that these are similar to Filipino rice cakes. I’m not a fan of coconut myself but they look lovely and moist.

  30. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 17:18:01

    I love coconut and these would make me very happy indeed!

  31. Norma Chang
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 19:01:47

    Coconut, one of my favorite foods. Your friands look light and moist, I could probably eat 6 in one sitting.

  32. Christy Majors
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 19:29:46

    I love how you turned the friands into a pyramid! They look terrific – how interesting that they are like the Filipino rice cakes.

  33. betsy
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 20:34:14

    How nice to find the taste of an old friend in the new friand recipe.

  34. Cakelaw
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 21:17:09

    Agreed – easy, effortless and delicious.

  35. RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 21:30:40

    these look great and what fun that they are just like the Filipino ones

  36. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 22:19:49

    Oh these are beautiful! I have a recipe for friands but one is rather plain and the other is almond. LOVE LOVE LOVE the coconut! : )

  37. ohfishiee
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 22:35:41

    i love the coconut, but im wondering if i can replace that with some yam paste for some yam friands as well πŸ™‚

    Latest: Best Milk Ever

  38. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 23:15:05

    So, so fantastic my friend. Love coconut and somehow I can just smell those aromas coming out of your oven. Must have been divine.

  39. vianneyrodriguez
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 23:52:21

    they look super moist..perfect with a strong cup of tea!

  40. Trae C
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 01:02:46

    Puto – that’s it! I’ve been racking my brain all week trying to remember which Filipino dessert the friands reminded me of. Thank you! Yours look delicious and so festive with the liners.

  41. Loveforfood
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 02:21:59

    Your recipes would have made the whole world hungry.

  42. Amanda
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 03:15:45

    Your description made them sound so great! I love coconut and I will have to try them sometime! I recently got this book, so excited!!!

  43. Laurie Lessner
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 06:28:25

    just saying to my husband that I have to try them with the flavoring now! We’re going to have a lot of these, but they’re just too easy and delicious! Thanks for the great idea.

  44. hotlyspiced
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 07:18:58

    I think your coconut friands turned out really well. They look gorgeous and I just love anything with coconut xx

  45. sanyaliving
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 07:40:06

    You are so right! An easy effort for a tasty treat!

  46. Ryan
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 08:48:29

    Your coconut friands turned out beautifully! I love coconut desserts and baked goods so I can imagine how delicious these are!

  47. eatinglikeahorse
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 09:38:35

    I love coconut cake- but I love lemon cake too so I think if you asked me to choose between these and the baking in your last post… I’d have to have both πŸ™‚
    They both look so good!

  48. Lisa(@LisaNutrition)
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 09:41:25

    These look great! Wish you lived closer to bake these for my National Food Blogger Bake Sale next Saturday!

  49. Elaine
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 12:18:33

    Your friands look wonderful with those longer bits of coconut! I really like the idea of coloring these and will have to research more about puto. We enjoy sticky rice so much and the idea of making a cake or treat with that taste and texture sounds so appealing.

  50. Kathy
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 14:54:22

    Your coconut friands look absolutely perfect…I bet they would look even prettier with a touch of color! Have a great weekend!

  51. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 15:34:22

    This looks terrific! Love these!

  52. Simply Life
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 16:55:24

    what a great way to enjoy that coconut flavor!

  53. Erin E
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 19:29:56

    I agree, these were so easy and good! I love the red/white muffin cups! I bet these would look great with some color.

  54. Yudith
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 21:57:29

    I would love these little treats! LOVE them.

  55. Miriam
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 23:31:05

    They look SO good!!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  56. Katerina
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 00:05:08

    My husband is a big fan of coconut I am sure these mini cakes would please him very much! They look mouthwatering!

  57. mireia
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 05:58:56

    Glad you enjoyed it!! I had never heard about puto but sounds like it could be tasty too!!

  58. Liz Berg (@ThatSkinnyChick)
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 06:39:41

    SO glad you loved these, too! Great to have an easy and delicious recipe this week πŸ™‚

  59. Parsley Sage
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 07:15:15

    Cool! Both versions πŸ™‚ I’d like to see the Filipino version though

  60. Ameena
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 09:44:55

    I never used to like coconut but lately? I’ve been all over it. These look fantastic! I too would like to see the Filipino version…

  61. Jasline
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 11:14:41

    The friands look so moist and delicious!

  62. Trevor Sis Boom
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 12:48:21

    Yes, well now I am interested in these other steamed cakes! They sound quite lovely. I didn’t make these as I’m just being difficult I guess. I hope I get my mojo back soon! lol.

  63. Sandy
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 15:17:17

    They do look lovely,and so delicious. I think this was a favorite recipe of most !

  64. Anna @ the shady pine
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 16:00:29

    Friands are one of my favourite coffee time treats, but did you say coconut? Divine!!

  65. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 16:02:00

    Those look so moist!

  66. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 19:21:54

    hi yummy chunklet, i can imagine the taste too and the sweet aroma of coconut flavor, fresh from the oven.. they do look soft and delicious. i just discovered today that you have Philippine origin.. have a nice day. happy baking

  67. Bam's Kitchen
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 19:24:57

    They look like they would melt in your mouth.

  68. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 19:35:11

    Oh, these are just so cute and frankly anything with coconut makes me swoon! It’s as simple as that… πŸ˜‰

  69. jora
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 20:10:18

    Now I want to try the Filipino rice cakes, those sound excellent too!

  70. Audrey Allure
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 21:17:34

    My mom makes these all the time — love them!

  71. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 05:47:24

    Always wanted to make friands but been put off by not having right tin. I guess it doesn’t matter though!

  72. Kitchen Belleicious
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 14:13:36

    love how tiny they are- makes me think i can eat a ton of them! right? right? Too cute and too delicious!

  73. erica @ fashionmeetsfood.com
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 14:24:33

    Yum!!! I absolutely love anything coconut so I will definitely have to make these xo

  74. Juliana
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 15:43:10

    Great treats…lthey sure look light and moist…beautifully done.
    Have a wonderful week ahead πŸ™‚

  75. Kristin
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 16:38:58

    It is sick how bad I want those right now!

  76. Just A Smidgen
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 23:09:57

    You know.. I think it’s sooo cool when foods appear in different cultures, very neat!! These look to be yummy enough to make in any country!

  77. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:57:38

    My gosh… coconut friands look super delicious. I’m a huge coconut fan for savory and sweet dishes. These would make me happy right now if I have even one of them…

  78. mykitchenstories
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 02:41:09

    I really like the idea of these Friands. I thought I had left a comment to tell you you had done a lovely job, but apparently I hadn’t

  79. samology
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 03:21:49

    oooh! That looks really great!! Love anything coconut!!

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