Spring Jasmine Friand

Spring Friand Recipe

Spring is in the air!  By this statement I mean I can smell Jasmine, Orange blossoms, Gardenias  and all the gorgeous floral aromas that I associate with the warmer weather. I know it may not be a fun time of year for those with hay fever and allergies, but I love the overpowering sickly sweet honey aroma’s of blossoming flowers.

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I wanted to make a cake which captured that smell precisely. So this morning I went into my garden and picked a big bunch of Jasmine and put it in a milk jug. This was for no other reason than inspiration. While I was going about my normal daily duties the gorgeous aroma was teasing me.  A plan started to take shape. I wanted to bake a cake.  It needed to be buttery with a delicious honey and orange blossom flavour.  I decided to make a matching syrup just to ensure the floral flavour was as intense as I wanted. This is how my Jasmine Friand recipe was born.

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Once the friand had finished baking I could no longer tell which aroma was from the cake, the syrup or the original flowers. There was a melding of aroma’s.

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Mr GG is not a sweet tooth, so I expected this experiment to be met with very little enthusiasm.  He particularly dislikes the Jasmine bush because it grows over our native garden… oops! Anyway, I got the big thumbs up , he even slurped up extra syrup on the second cake.

So here is a nice way to welcome in the springtime!

Spring Friand Recipe, Jasmine, orange blossom

Spring Jasmine Friand

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Author: Matt Dobson


  • 6 egg whites
  • 185 gm butter melted
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs Orange Blossom Water
  • 1 cup ground almond
  • 1 ½ cup icing sugar
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ½ cup flaked almonds decoration

Honey Syrup Glaze:

  • 2 Tbs Honey
  • 1 Tbs Water
  • 2 TBS Orange Blossom Water


  • Lightly grease a friand mould and preheat oven to 180 degrees. or 350F
  • Whisk the egg whites until just combined. Add the melted butter, honey and orange blossom water and whisk again to combine.
  • Add the almond meal, flour and sifted icing sugar and combine with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour the mixture into the mould.
  • Add the flaked almonds to the top of the Friand and cook until golden 10-15mins.

Honey Syrup Glaze

  • In a microwave safe dish (small crockery jug) make the sugar syrup by placing the honey and water in the bowl and microwaving for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and add the orange blossom water. Drizzle the syrup over the friend. Allow to stand for a few minutes to soak up the syrup and then serve.


Jasmine Friand


These cutes little cakes make the perfect addition to a High Tea platter.

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So readers, Which season is your favourite? Do you have flavours that you associate with a season?

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