Ladyfingers

Recipe by bmxmama
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READY IN: 30mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • To make the piping of the cookies easier, use a pencil and ruler to divide the parchment paper into three- 3 inch (7. 5 cm) rows, with about 1 inch (2. 54 cm) between rows.
  • Have ready a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch (1. 25 cm) round tip.
  • In your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks and 2 tablespoons (25 grams) white sugar on high speed for about 5 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick and pale yellow.
  • (When you raise the beaters the batter should fall back into the bowl in a slow ribbon.) Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Sift the cake flour over the batter but do not fold together.
  • In a clean bowl, with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until foamy.
  • Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add the 3 tablespoons (36 grams) white sugar and whip until stiff peaks form and the whites are glossy.
  • Fold the whites into the egg yolk and flour mixture in three additions, mixing only until incorporated.
  • Transfer the batter to the pastry bag and, holding the bag at about a 45 degree angle to the baking sheet, pipe the batter into 3 inch (7. 5 cm) long ladyfingers, using the lines drawn on the parchment paper as your guide.
  • Pipe the batter leaving about a 1 inch (2. 54 cm) space between the cookies.
  • When you have piped all the cookies, place the powdered sugar in a wire strainer, and lightly sift the sugar over the tops of the cookies.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the ladyfingers are firm but barely browned and are still spongy when pressed with a finger.
  • Remove the baking sheets from the oven and slide the parchment paper from the baking sheets onto a wire rack.
  • Let the ladyfingers cool for a few minutes and release them from the parchment paper, with a flat spatula, while they are still warm.
  • If you left them completely cool before removing them from the parchment they stick and hard to remove without breaking.
  • Finish cooling the ladyfingers on the wire rack before using or storing.
  • If you are not using the ladyfingers right away, freeze them.
  • Ladyfingers stale very quickly unless they are soaked in a liquid.
  • To store, place in a plastic bag between layers of wax or parchment paper and freeze up to 2 weeks.
  • Makes about 4 1/2 dozen 3 inch (7. 5 cm) Ladyfingers.
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