Blueberry Friands : Cooking with Quinoa

Rena Patten has a new cookbook. Cooking with Quinoa. If you haven’t heard about this supergrain – this cookbook is just the way to get started and explore the flavours and health giving properties. If you do already know about quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) this cookbook is just the way to explore delicious possibilities. Rena Patten has generously shared one of the recipes to get you started.

Blueberry Friands

Makes 9 friands

You can substitute raspberries or blackberries for the blueberries if you prefer.

125g (4oz) almond meal
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
60g (2oz) quinoa flour
125g (4oz) unsalted butter, melted
and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large egg whites
250g (8oz) fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 170ºC (325ºF). Grease a 9-cup friand tin with butter.

Place the almond meal, icing sugar and quinoa flour in a bowl. Using a whisk, mix well, breaking up any lumps of mixture that may form. Lightly mix in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Beat the egg whites until foamy and soft peaks
form, and gently fold into the mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Place 5–6 blueberries around the centre of each friand and lightly press them down into the mixture. Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked when a metal skewer comes
out clean.

Following the release of her new book Cooking with Quinoa, The Supergrain Rena Patten will be personally demonstrating some of her favourite recipes in St Ives Shopping Village’s market room on 11am to 2pm on Friday the 10th of June.

Quinoa, is an organic super grain that is high in protein, full of vitamins and free from gluten and wheat. When cooked, it has a very delicate texture and is a versatile ingredient for a whole range of meals.

With over 20 years cooking experience as a recipe developer, Rena has explored the many ways people can use the popular super food Quinoa in their everyday cooking at home.

“I have carefully selected recipes that are easy to prepare, easy to digest and most importantly enjoyable to eat!” says Patten who has been associated with St Ives for the past four years as their own resident cook.

Cooking with Quinoa, the Supergrain includes 90 delicious recipes for soups, breads, pasta, salads, meat, poultry, seafood, desserts and vegetarian options.

Cooking with Quinoa, the Supergrain by Rena Patten is published by New Holland Australia.

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12 Responses to “Blueberry Friands : Cooking with Quinoa”

  1. Mel Kettle (The cook's notebook) says:
    May 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Yum I LOVE quinoa, but mostly use it for either salads or as a porridge for breakfast. Last time I had leftovers as a sweet breakfast porridge was a bit of a disaster as I had completely forgotten I had cooked it in chicken stock. Didn’t really work with blueberries, maple syrup and soy milk!

    • Rebecca Varidel
      Rebecca Varidel says:
      May 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      hee hee I’ll bet Mel chicken stock and soy milk doesn’t sound like a combo of choice!

      I did have the choice of the recipes from the book – so the quinoa flour and friands seemed a bit different.

  2. Steve Ingram says:
    May 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Keen-wah is a weenah if your partner is a coeliac like mine, our favourite is couscous style Quinoa to go with favourite tagines so a whole book of Quinoa recipes sounds very welcome news…good luck!

  3. Kate Bedwell says:
    May 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Mine eyes deceive me – thought the recipe quantity said ‘Makes nine friends’. Well it could quite possibly make me 9 friends! I’ll have to try and make it first…

  4. Mardi says:
    May 17, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I will have to get this book! Love Quinoa.

  5. Gaby says:
    May 18, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Good to see that quinoa is finally becoming known around here.

  6. Anita says:
    May 18, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Yum! I’ve been experimenting with quinoa flour recently and eat quinoa all the time. It’s delish! Does the cookbook include many dessert recipes?

  7. Glenda Booth says:
    May 25, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I have only tried it in a salad and liked it. Where do you get quinoa Flour from though?

  8. kiwilayla says:
    June 7, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Way to go….. great to have recipes rather than personally having to think up what ro include quinoa in

  9. Ashleigh says:
    June 9, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Quinoa grain, flour and flakes are available at most of your supermarkets with a health food section/aisle. Also at most health food stores.

  10. Anita says:
    July 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    What happened to the competition for winning this cookbook? Did I win? *wink wink*

  11. Pam Jones says:
    February 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Did you know, Rena Patten – Quinoa is now on Facebook and has subbmitted some of her recipes.. Great book, love Quinoa

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