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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Homemade Lady Fingers: Make Your Own Monday #17


I can never find lady finger cookies when I need them.  I don't know if they are only in specialty stores or if they are in a very special, very secret section of chain grocery stores, but when I want them, they are impossible to find.  Now, however, they are available anytime I wan tor need them because I can make them myself!!  They are crispy immediately after baking, but if you put them in a sealed container, they soften up after a day.  No matter which style your recipe calls for, you can have them for a fraction of store bought cost and without spending a day searching in your local stores only to come up empty (I am not bitter. Not at all.)


3 eggs, separated
6 Tbsp sugar
3/4 cup cake flour (or 3/4 all-purpose flour + 2 Tbsp cornstarch)
6 Tbsp powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use silpat baking sheets or line baking pans with buttered parchment paper. Beat the egg  whites using until stiff peaks form.  Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until the egg whites become stiff again, glossy and smooth.
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly with a fork and fold them very gently into the egg whites.  Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold again, very gently so as not to lose any fluffiness. Fill a pastry bag or zip lock bag with batter.  Pipe the cookies into 5 inch strips, leaving about 1 inch space between cookies.  Sprinkle half of the powdered sugar over the ladyfingers and wait for 5 minutes.  Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the cookies.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies turn lightly golden and are still soft.  Allow them to cool slightly on the sheets for about 5 minutes and then remove them to a wire wrack.  




13 comments:

bonnie said...

wow homemade lady fingers..what a treat...thanks for sharing

sweetlife

Sarah said...

WOW!! those look awesome! I found lady fingers at my supermarket but they were high priced so I sub nilla wafers for them when I make tieramasu!

Allie and Pattie said...

Kristen, I thought it was just me! I was beginning to think NC had never seen a lady finger! I started making them for that very reason. Great post
xoxo Pattie

jehara said...

I have had the same trouble in the past. I know Whole Foods and Central Market carries them. I don't know which part of AZ you are in, but I have found the Safeways around here carry them too in the bakery section.
Of course, baking your own trumps store bought. ;)

Joanne said...

Lady fingers are definitely tough to locate. I have to go to Whole Foods to get them. Your homemade ones look fantastic! Perfect for tiramisu...

Belinda said...

These are beautiful - and you're right - homemade is far better (at least yours!)

Jessica Voloudakis said...

Homemade is always better - you can control what goes into it and adjust the recipe to your tastes. (That said, I'm not above using store-bought if I'm pressed for time and/or energy). These look great!

Marly said...

That is taking scratch cooking to a whole new level. Actually, this is a great recipe for us because I would like to make vegan tiramisu one of these days. I can skip the search for prepackaged non-dairy lady fingers and just make them myself. Thanks!

Rachel said...

awesome!

Lady Fingers being so hard to find are why I haven't made tiramisu (real tiramisu) at home!

Thanks!!!!

21st Century Housewife© said...

Thank you for sharing the Ladyfinger recipe - I often have trouble finding them as well so it will definitely come in handy!

shopannies said...

thanks for this recipe love lady fingers and now will be able to make my own as well

Kathy Gori said...

wow! these look great. lady fingers are all over the market here but i never thought of baking them before.this may be something i'm going to have to try.

Stephanie said...

oh yum these look good!

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