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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Several days in a closed metal box.

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.
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Beat until mixture becomes pale.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
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Sieve on to the top 100 g flour.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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And fold it in with a spatula. Stop mixing as soon as flour is totally incorporated.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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Beat egg-whites to firm peak stage, adding 2 tablespoons caster sugar midway.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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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
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Stop as soon as blended, no matter if some traces of white are still visible.

Stage 9 - 10 min.
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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.
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Sprinkle a little icing sugar on top.

Stage 11 - 15 min.
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Put in the oven straight away and cook for about 15 minutes. Watch colour towards end of cooking time.


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

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,314 Kcal or 5,501 Kj40 gr234 gr27 gr
66 %15 %22 %4 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
258 Kcal or 1,080 Kj8 gr46 gr5 gr
13 %3 %4 %1 %
Per biscuits
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
66 Kcal or 276 Kj2 gr12 gr1 gr
3 %1 %1 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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From Gaston Lenôtre.

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