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Finger biscuits

Finger biscuits

These small biscuits, that look a bit like savoy biscuits, are delicious alone or with Champagne, but are also the base for charlottes or Tiramisu.

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Last modified on: June 22th 2013

For 20 biscuits, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
45 min.15 min.1 hour
Preservation: Several days in a closed metal box.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
Preheat oven to 180°C or 356°F.

Take 5 eggs, separate yolks from whites,
Stage 2
10 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #2 Put yolks in a bowl, and add 120 g caster sugar and 10 g Vanilla sugar.
Stage 3
5 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #3 Beat until mixture becomes pale.
Stage 4
2 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #4 Sieve on to the top 100 g flour.
Stage 5
5 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #5 And fold it in with a spatula. Stop mixing as soon as flour is totally incorporated.
Stage 6
5 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #6 Beat egg-whites to firm peak stage, adding 2 tablespoons caster sugar midway.
Stage 7
5 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #7 Fold beaten egg-whites carefully into sugar-flour-yolks-mixture, using a spatula or even better, a maryse (not whisk).

See this page for advice. You need blend the whites in gently, retaining the maximum air and volume.
Stage 8
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #8 Stop as soon as blended, no matter if some traces of white are still visible.
Stage 9
10 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #9 Spread out mixture on a non-stick baking sheet, using a forcing bag (1 cm diameter), making cylinders about 5 cm or 2 inches long.
Stage 10
3 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #10 Sprinkle a little icing sugar on top.
Stage 11
15 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #11 Put in the oven straight away and cook for about 15 minutes. Watch colour towards end of cooking time.

Remarks

The small history said that those biscuits was created in the 18th century by the famous chef Antonin Carème, at this time chef of Prince of Talleyrand. The prince love to dip a biscuit in his glass of Porto wine every evening, so Carème make this long biscuits for him (I love those pretty stories).

According to Mado, in Quebec these biscuits are called "Doigts de dames" (ladies' fingers), which is rather more poetic.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 20 biscuits : 1.36 €
Per biscuits : 0.07 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: From Gaston Lenôtre.
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