Sunday, October 9, 2011

Langue de Chat Biscuit - Cat's Tongues Recipe (Lady Fingers)

Lady fingers go by a variety of names: ladyfingers (one word), cat's tongue, and langue de chat (French for cat's tongue). They are a plain cookie that can be used for lining dessert molds and can handle soaking up liquids without simply falling apart. They can be purchased from gourmet shops, but just as easily be made up at home with a piping bag and sheet pan, or using a special pan made especially for them.

This recipe comes from Paul Richards' Pastry Book, all the way back from 1907.
Langue de Chat Biscuit - Cats' Tongues
  • 1/2 pound sugar
  • 1/2 pound flour
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 6 egg whites
  • Vanilla Flavor
Beat up the egg whites; cream butter and sugar, and mix in the whites; add flavor and flour. Dress on greased and dusted pans like Lady Fingers; bake in a good heat and take off the pans while warm.
Example of a lady finger mold below:

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