Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)

Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
The French name for these tubular biscuits means "Russian cigarettes". Cigarettes Russes are perfect for serving with ice cream or other desserts.

The basic biscuit is fairly easy to make; the tricky bit is rolling the tube once cooked.
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Last modified on: May 25th 2014

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31 min.15 min.46 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 2 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Begin by preparing your rolling utensil: wrap a round pencil in aluminium foil.

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

Heat ½ cup butter over low heat until just melted.

Sieve together 0 kg flour and 0 kg icing sugar.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Add ½ cup egg white to this mixture.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Mix thoroughly.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Pour in the melted butter...

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
...and mix again.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Pour small dollops of batter about 6 cm (2 inches) in diameter on a baking sheet covered with a non-stick sheet or cooking parchment. You will need to work in batches.

Stage 8 - 15 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Bake for about 15 minutes. When the biscuits are brown around the edge and still pale in the centre, they are cooked.

If they cook unevenly (this depends on your oven, and is the case with mine), turn the baking sheet round as they finish cooking.

Stage 9 - 10 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Now comes the tricky bit: rolling. Open the oven door, leaving it running, and lay a sheet of cooking parchment on the door.

Lift a biscuit off the baking sheet with a palette-knife and turn it upside-down onto the paper. Roll it up immediately around the pencil you prepared earlier.

Stage 10
You can see how to roll the biscuits in this video.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
Place the finished biscuits as you make them on a wire rack.

Your Cigarettes Russes are ready once they have cooled.
You can flavour your biscuits by adding ground almonds, citrus zest, or a little orange or lemon juice to the mixture.

For thinner biscuits, use a little less mixture and spread it out into a circle with the back of a tablespoon or palette knife. This will make a thinner biscuit, but it will be a bit more difficult to roll up.
A few days in an airtight tin.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,720 Kcal or 7,201 Kj15 gr224 gr85 gr
86 %6 %21 %13 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
382 Kcal or 1,599 Kj3 gr50 gr19 gr
19 %1 %5 %3 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
72 Kcal or 301 Kj1 gr9 gr4 gr
4 %<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, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 24 pieces : 1.59 €
  • Per piece : 0.07 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Icing sugarIcing sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Jam doughnuts, Santiago Cake, Macarons (the original French macaroons) , Mirlitons of Guipavas, Chocolate madeleines, ... All
Egg whiteEgg white: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Eton mess, Baked Alaska, Pavlova, Coconut tuiles, Chocolate mousse with hazelnuts, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Fruit crémeux, Fillet of salmon meunière, Sicilian Epiphany Pie, Flaky brownie brioche, Hollandaise sauce, ... All
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Little lemon biscuits, Gâteau Breton (Brittany butter cake), Fish in a sesame crust, Cod loin with saffron, Jam doughnuts, ... All
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