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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Lady Finger Cookies | Sponge Biscuits

Lady fingers are popularly known as boudoir biscuits,sponge biscuits,sponge fingers and so on.These are oval shaped long cookies (about 3").The cookies are made using a sponge cake batter where the egg yolks are beaten with sugar until thick and egg whites are folded in.By now,many of you have already guessed  and are waiting for the tiramisu recipe because of my mascarpone cheese post.That's true,friends..I made these cookies to make tiramisu.Though these are available in stores,I just wished to know the texture of the homemade lady finger cookies and the effort in the making these.Have I gone crazy to try all these from scratch? Noooo..I wished to try out tiramisu from scratch since long,its just a matter of learning different things by adding an extra effort and baking is my weakness(love) in cooking.I wouldn't say you should bake these,but if you love baking, or you live in a place where there is no access to the store brought lady finger cookies and still you want to try these,then go ahead.

I have adapted this recipe from here and as I was doing it for the first time,I didn't change any of the ingredients.The cookies were real sponge like and delicious.But after the bake I felt the odour of egg was prominent,so I would cut down the egg white to one next time or increase the vanilla flavor.Am not very good at piping,so with the shapes too.

cake flour 1/3 cup(1 tbsp corn flour)
egg yolk 1(room temp)
granulated white sugar 1 tbsp
vanilla extract 1/3 tsp
egg white 2(at room temp)
granulated sugar 2 tbsp
cream of tartar a pinch (optional,I didn't use it)

confectioners sugar to dust

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F and line a tray with parchment paper.Use a pencil and ruler to divide the parchment paper into 3*3 inch rows leaving a space of 1" in between.Make dark lines and turn the parchment paper upside down.(You can still see the lines as guide and pipe the cookies) Also,keep a pastry bag fitted with 1/2" round tip.
  • ith your hand mixer,beat the egg yolk with one tbsp of sugar on high speed for 4 minutes or when the batter becomes thick ,pale yellow.(When you raise the mixer it should fall back as slow ribbon)Beat in the vanilla extract and sift the cake flour over the batter,don't fold in.
  • In another clean bowl,whip the egg white until soft peaks form.Add in the granulated sugar (2tbsp) gradually and continue beating until stiff peaks form and whites are glossy.
  • Fold the whites in the egg yolk and flour mixture,mix until just incorporated.

  • Transfer the batter to the piping bag,hold your bag 45 degrees angle to the parchment paper,start piping the cookies of 3" long using the drawn lines as guide.Leave a 1" space in between each cookie.
  • When you have piped all cookies,sift the confectioners sugar using a wire/tea strainer.

  • Place it in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until they are firm to touch ,hardly browned and are spongy when pressed.(mine was done at 8 minutes)
  • Remove from oven and slide the baking sheet over the wire rack to cook.when they are still warm,slide a spatula and release them from parchment paper.If you leave it long,it will stick to the parchement paper.
  • Ready to use once cooled!!
Servings ~32 cookies

*  If you are not using straight away,then you can freeze these cookies as they stale easily.Remains fresh for 2 weeks if placed in plastic bags between linings of wax paper or parchment paper.
* Also,I would just pour the batter in a sheet tray for baking,later cut into the slices after bake according to the pan size.(rather making individual cookies,takes more time & efforts)

The remaining flavors and thoughts after soaking will be shared once I share tiramisu.
Stay tuned,friends :)


Anusha said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks smashing for the first time Julie and i tip my hat off to you for so much patience

divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Julie!! Now Perfectly baked Ladies finger..Last post was Mascorpone cheese... yum!! Cant wait to see the assembled final product.. ;)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Mascarpone done, sponge biscuits done.. looks like Tiramisu is gonna happen soon !

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

looks smooth and soft

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I won't believe that Baking is your weakness. You have done it vey perfectly. Waiting for your tiramisu post.

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

first cheese now cookies , just assemble it and make tiramis. r u trying our patience level? i have not.

Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Julie. We call these type of biscuits, "soletillas" or "Bizcochos de lengueta" as they seem a longue tongue. I copy your recipe because it's a bit different. Best regards!

Shree Kannepadi said... Best Blogger Tips

Lady finger cookies looks so yumm Julie.. Can we make it eggless ?

Achu said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing dear! Its so delicious after i baked it for my cake :)

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow beautifully baked,looks so good,so I guessed right,mascarpone cheese, lady finger,so bringing a wonderful dessert together :)

Priya Satheesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this... Planning to try soon...Bookmarked!

Divya A said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so delectable Julie, must have tasted so good :) Nice clicks :)

Mahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Ladies fingers look good..waiting to taste Tiramisu! :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these cute lady fingers, usually the are made to decorate a cake... so is there a cake coming soon?

Priya Elias said... Best Blogger Tips

These look Perfect Julie ! Making all the components of a Tiramisu from scratch indeed requires a good effort.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

wow Julie u tried tiramasu and that too from scratch... too good.. very dedicated... lovely sponge biscuits

My World My Home said... Best Blogger Tips

This cookies are new to me.....looks really delicious... Would love to taste some..:-)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

nice and soft cookies...
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divya said... Best Blogger Tips

Hmm...yummy yummy....:-)

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

I make them in a similar way...Much better and cheaper than bought-ones!

Sushma Mallya said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely pics, am sure its very yum too...

sojo said... Best Blogger Tips

so wanted this recipe for a long time

kausers kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Cookies look really nice...great clicks.

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow that's really fantastic dear... Bookmarked

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Sangeetha Nambi said... Best Blogger Tips

Super perfect Julie...

Shama Nagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely recipe and mouth watering.
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Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

cute biscuits dear, grs clciks too:-)

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice one Julie .now lemme guess, u r gonna do a tiramisu next right ;)

Jeyashris Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds interesting

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely finger biscuits....

Jaisy James said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for this recipe...i want to try this soon...

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful work, Julie! Cooking from scratch is so much better than store bought. These cookies look perfect!

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

These look so yumm! Can't believe that you actually baked these :)

Jehanne said... Best Blogger Tips

I had a terrible failure making them only few days back-they turned out flat! so maybe if i try again, I will use your method..they look authentic, Julie!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Mail me this and mascarpone. I will make tiramisu! awesome.

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so cute...very inviting biscuits !!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect bake dear.

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Julie, I've always wanted to try making lady've done a great job....Tiramisu ondakiyo? Can't wait to see.

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

that looks good so cool name....

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Will the next post be Tiramisu, Julie, looking forward to it..

Vijitha said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks so good. You would have made tiramasu with it - right?

Sahasra Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks perfect. Nice post.

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, is this like the savoardi italian finger biscuits?.. i use them to make tiramisu, which is my number one favorite cake... wil try. bookmark with thanks. the savioardi is difficult to find over here and very expensive too..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow.. Nice recipe & very inviting..

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Lady finger looks delicious. Love it. May be you are going to Tiramisu.

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful clicks

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely lady finger cookies.

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

great job Julie...tiramasu undakkki kazhicho ??? love it :)

Jannet Loves to Experiment said... Best Blogger Tips

They look so perfect Julie... Have never thought about baking it at home coz it so conveniently sitting in the shelf :)

Subhie Arun said... Best Blogger Tips

great job...smooth n lovely....!!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome job done dear...looks better than store bought fingers..

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Sure Jehanne,try again n let me know too:)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Manjuundakki,Manju..posted today:)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shree Kanneppady I haven't tried the eggless version yet n I think this can't be made eggless as eggs add to the spongy texture of the cookies..You can try an eggless sponge cake recipe and assemble tiramisu if u wish:) said... Best Blogger Tips

Fingers looks very light m spongy...