Homemade Lady Fingers
2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
4 egg yolks
4 egg whites, beaten until stiff
½ cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350° F
Grease and flour 2 baking sheets with 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons flour. Mark parallel lines in the flour across the width of the baking sheets, about 4 inches apart.
Put the egg yolks and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and with an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is pale yellow, thick, and has tripled in volume, about 8 minutes.
Add the beaten egg whites, remaining ¾ cup flour, salt and vanilla. Fold to mix thoroughly so the mixture is smooth.
Fill a large pastry bag with a ¾-inch plain tube, with the mixture. Pipe mixture about 4 ½ inches in length on to the baking sheets, using the lines as a guide.
Dust the ladyfingers with powdered sugar and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until just firm on the outside and soft in the center.
File #R223 D 5 C 9