Whilst I was in Australia I searched high and low for some friand pans that didn't weigh a tonne; silicone would have been ideal. Friand pans were few and far between even in a country where friands are readily available in coffee shops and cafes, so I returned to the UK disappointed, but with a new cookbook containing several friand recipes. Friands, in case you haven't had the pleasure of coming across them, are small, moist oval cakes (almost bite sized) loosely based on French financiers and similar in texture to a sponge. In Australia and apparently New Zealand too, they come in all sorts of flavours including coconut, lemon, raspberry and chocolate. I had a lemon & poppy seed version in Sydney a few years ago and fell in love. Unfortunately I still don't have my friand pan, although recently my mum sent me 18 silicone cake cases for mini loaves. At roughly 7x3 cm these are dinky and cute. This recipe for Banana & Chocolate mini loaf cakes came from Waitrose and whilst their recipe was geared towards the use of 150ml capacity mini loaf tins or 10 x 125ml muffin tins, this worked to make 24 very mini loaf cakes for me. These are absolutely gorgeous & very easy to do. If you can get a hold of these little cases, they make for a novel treat. I will carry on looking for the friand cases and get back to you with a recipe for those soon.
Banana & Dark Choc Mini Loaf Cakes
Great taste, odd shape
My Christmas mini cake tin!
Lovely dark chocolate pieces
These are set aside for my colleagues at Calendar Club