Mandarin Macadamia friands

I made a batch of these the day after we went mandarin picking. It got Stu and Alexander's big tick of approval, and hey I thought it was pretty good too. I gave some to my neighbour, who took one bite and declared that I was, "a really good cook" but the honest truth is, I usually just throw a few things in a bowl, mix them up, shove them in the oven and hope for the best. As it turned out, this was one of the good ones; the zesty fresh taste of mandarin combined with that wholesoom nutty flavours of almond meal and the crunch of roughly chopped macadamia nuts....Oh yum.
Mandarin macadamia friands
(Makes ~10)


3-4 small mandarins
15g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
125g butter, melted
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond meal
3/4 cup self raising flour


1. Place mandarins in a pot a cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours.

2. Drain mandarins and allow to cool. Roughly chop, removing and discarding any seeds. Place mandarin and puree in food processor until smooth.

3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease friand tray.

4. Whisk eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Add mandarin puree, butter, chopped macadamias, ground almonds and flour and stir with wooden spoon until combined. Pour into friand tray.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

6. Allow to completely cool before dusting with icing sugar.

10 Responses to Mandarin Macadamia friands

Ice Pandora said...

This must taste but also smell wonderful!
I love anything citrus in every kind of cakes :P
Xx Ice Pandora

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

You had me at mandarin!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

I can just imagine the fresh sweet flavor of these babies. So refreshing and perfect for summer. I would love it, if you shared these sweets at our link party, Dishing It & Digging It. The party is live now, so come link up. Happy 4th.

Rose World said...

Oh my. Macadamia! Oranges! Both are my favourite things.

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

I love citrus flavours in sweets (I even had a lemon and poppy seed muffin for morning tea!) - these look delicious!

Lady of the Manor said...

These sound so good! Do you cook the mandarins in their skins? Going to try these soon. Happy week!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Oh, yummy! Those look delicious :)

trishie said...

@lady of the manor, hello lovely! Yes leave the skin on, they'll be mushy and soft and full of flavour

burntfeather said...

People who are naturally good at things always say, it's super easy! I bet everything you make is amazing!

Sharlynn Ng said...

Yummy! I love small mandarins and the thought of them made into pastries, cakes, jam...all that good stuff makes me excited! Recently had a dish with orange peel, it was a lovely addition.