Whether you’re looking for an elegant dessert or just something to dip into your coffee or tea, ladyfingers have you covered! These light, airy treats have been around for centuries – but luckily, we don’t need to wait any longer for them now that we know how easy it is to make them at home!
We hope this blog post answered all your questions about ladyfingers; if not, feel free to contact us! Enjoy your sweet treat.
What Are Ladyfingers?
Ladyfingers are a type of finger-shaped Italian sponge cake. They are made from a simple batter consisting of egg whites, sugar, flour, and a small baking powder. The batter is piped onto baking sheets in thin strips and baked until golden brown and crispy. Ladyfingers have a unique texture that is both spongy and crunchy at the same time.
How Are Ladyfingers Used?
Ladyfingers are incredibly versatile! You can serve them as it is with coffee or tea, dipped in liqueur or chocolate sauce, or used to make desserts such as tiramisu, charlotte russe, trifles, zabaglione, and more! They can also be crushed into crumbs to top ice cream sundaes or other desserts.
Are Ladyfingers the Same as Sponge Fingers?
No! While both ladyfingers and sponge fingers are similar in texture (light and airy), they differ in ingredients. Sponge fingers are made with egg yolks instead of egg whites and contain butter for added flavor and moisture. As a result, sponge fingers have a richer flavor than ladyfingers but may not be suitable for specific recipes due to the higher fat content.
More Dessert Recipes
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- ⅞ cup all-purpose flour Make sure to sift the flour well before using.
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
- ⅔ cup white sugar divided
- Preheat your oven to 400 °F.
- Line 2(17x12-inch)baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Fit a large pastry bag with a ½-inch round tube. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
- In a large glass bowl, add the egg whites and with a hand-held electric mixer,beat on high speed until soft peaks start to form.
- Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat until stiff and glossy peaks form.
- In another bowl, add egg yolks and remainingsugar and whisk until thick and very pale in color.
- Add half of the whipped egg whites into the bowl of egg yolk mixture and gentlystir to blend.
- Add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Add the remaining whipped egg whites and gently stir to blend.
- Transferthe mixture to the prepared pastry bag and pipe 3-inch fingersonto the preparedbaking sheetsabout 1-inch apart.
- Bake for about 8 minutes.