Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a basic recipe for Italian ladyfingers, the base of many desserts. I searched and searched but could never find these in the store, so I developed my own recipe and they turned out great. These are also nice to dunk in tea or coffee. Not to sweet. Prep can be a little messy, but is worth it. Enjoy!
- 5 egg whites
- 4 egg yolks
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 dash vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Separate eggs into two separate bowls, making sure not to get ANY yolk into the bowls containing the whites.
- Beat egg whites on high speed until foamy.
- Add two tablespoons of the 2/3 cup of sugar to the egg whites and continue to beat until stiff peaks form, and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, Add vanilla and the rest of the sugar to the egg yolks and beat until pale yellow, set aside.
- Sift together the flour and baking powder together (I didn't want to dirty another bowl so I sifted onto a piece of waxed paper).
- Gently fold half of the egg whites into the yolks.
- Fold the flour mixture into the yolks.
- Fold the rest of the egg whites into the yolks.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Load batter into a pastry bag with a wide tip, or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off.
- Pipe onto a greased cookie sheet in any shape you'd like (traditionally, they are shaped like fingers, about as wide as your pointer and middle finger put together).
- Bake for 6 minutes, or until edges are just golden brown.
Great recipe! Instructions were easy to follow and the ladyfingers turned out beautifully. Mine did need to bake about 11-12 minutes though to get just lightly brown at edges and bottom. The recipe yielded 52 ladyfingers, each about 1.5" wide by 3.25" long. The only change I made to the recipe was I used medium eggs, so used 5 yolks and 7 whites.
Saturday, August 16, 2008, 6:56 PM A reply from the posting chef "Wen in Sacramento" Subject: Italian lady fingers http://www.recipezaar.com/185771 Sorry for the late response! Yes, 350 is the correct temp. Thanks for the email! :D Wendy
Coming from someone who makes cream puffs, apple pies and cheesecake all the time, this recipe was a waste of time and ingredients. I followed instructions to the T, and ended up with flat sunken soft things that didn't resemble decent looking at all. The temperature was too high I noticed halfway, the dough was burning on the bottom and soggy on top, then I had to turn it down to 300 degrees, and when they were done they were still ridiculously flat, edible but flat and not good. Not sure where the heck I went wrong.