Nectarine & Almond Friands

I feel bad posting these nectarine and almond friands as we have a dairy intolerant houseguest at the moment and she is really struggling to have the willpower to resist.

These friands are so light and buttery and looked amazing as I was flicking through an old issue of Waitrose Weekend before relegating it to the recycling bin. The original recipe used plums but any stone fruit would work well. 

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Hazelnut Shortbread with Nectarines

Long time followers will know I am in my element at the moment as it’s nectarine season. I also love nutty shortbread…. and cream….. and although I have been making this hazelnut shortbread for years, I had never followed the recipe suggestion of serving them sandwiched with cream and sliced nectarine. This recipe was torn from an August 2008 issue of Asda magazine and I have to say it’s a pretty good combo!

I have failed to ever find ground hazelnuts at the supermarket so make your own by preheating the oven to 180c or gas mark 4, tip the 150g hazelnuts onto a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes then rub the papery skins off with kitchen towel. Any stubborn nuts can be baked for another 5 minutes until the skin comes off when rubbed. Once cool, finely chop or whizz in a blender/nut mill until you have a breadcrumb like consitancy with a few nutty pieces to give some crunch to your shortbread.

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