Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ladyfingers {Savoiardi Cookies}


After making homemade mascarpone cheese in my tiramisu endeavor, the next homemade step was to make the ladyfinger cookies.  I wish I could pronounce the Italian name for these cookies {savoiardi} because I much prefer that word to "ladyfingers."  "Ladyfingers" is just a bit creepy to me....but, anyway.  They are essential to the final dessert of tiramisu, I must make them in spite of their English name!

*Now, for the winner of the America's Test Kitchen cookbook giveaway....Thanks to all of you who left a comment the other day!  Ok, drumroll, please....

#9!!!!  (Thanks to Random.org for generating the number!)
Jennifer Bailey said,  My sister in law sent me the link to your ricotta cheese, but I think I will probably make the peanut butter granola first!""

Congratulations!  Jennifer, email me at: theculinaryenthusiast (at) hotmail (dot) com so I can mail your new cookbook to you! 
Hugs, Karla :)

Ladyfingers {Savoiardi Cookies}
Source:  Sugarcrafter

*You will need a pastry bag and a open circle tip to pipe the cookies

3 eggs, separated
6 tbl. sugar
3/4 cup cake flour (to make cake flour:  1 cup of all-purpose flour - 2 tbl. of flour + 2 tbl. cornstarch.  whisk together to aerate.  Remove 1/4 cup for the specified amount.)
6 tbl. powdered sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff again.

In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks together and fold them into the egg white mixture with a spatula.  Pour the prepared cake flour over the mixture and fold it in gently.  Transfer batter to the pastry bag.

Pipe the batter onto parchment paper, making cookies 5 inches long.  Leave about one inch between cookies.  Sprinkle about half the powdered sugar onto the cookies; wait 5 minutes then sprinkle the remaining 3 tbl. on them.

Bake 10-15 minutes, until edges are lightly golden.  Remove to a rack to cool completely.

Makes approximately 39 cookies.  (This is the perfect amount for the tiramisu recipe).

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