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: July 30th 2021

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 2 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #1
Preheat oven to 180°C or 356°F.

In a bowl, mix together, 60 g flour and 60 g potato starch with a whisk.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Beat 180 g egg white in then add 120 g caster sugar little by little to obtain a firm meringue.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Pour 100 g egg yolk over the meringue, then gently fold in with a soft spatula.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
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Sieve the flour-starch mixture on top.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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And incorporate it, still gently with a spatula.

Stop working as soon as it is mixed, there is no big problem if there are a few small pieces of meringue left here and there.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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Spread out the preparation (diameter 1 cm) using a forcing bag on a baking sheet if possible covered with a sheet of cooking paper, in cylinders of about 2 inches (5 cm) long.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
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Once the whole baking sheet is set, sprinkle it with icing sugar.

Stage 8 - 15 min.
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Place in the oven without delay and cook for 10-15 minutes, checking for colouring.

Stage 9 - 10 min.
Finger biscuits : Photo of step #9
Remove from the baking sheet while still hot, and cool on a wire rack.
This recipe isn't as easy as it sounds, the difficulty is getting the biscuits to bulge nicely rather than being (too) flat. The key to success lies in steps 3 and 5 where you need to incorporate the meringue very carefully to keep the light side of the preparation. Take great care in this delicate operation.

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.
Several days in a closed metal box.
From Christophe Michalak.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,265 Kcal or 5,296 Kj31 gr213 gr32 gr
63 %12 %20 %5 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
243 Kcal or 1,017 Kj6 gr41 gr6 gr
12 %2 %4 %1 %
Per biscuits
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
63 Kcal or 264 Kj2 gr11 gr2 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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 20 biscuits : 1.33 €
  • Per biscuits : 0.07 €

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