RECIPE: G.F. LADY FINGERS

Love is in the air…..

Or it may be in our stomachs? This February is all about delicious sweet treats that will please the taste buds and your significant others’ heart. While I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, I do like baking sweets for my husband. However I usually find myself baking all of the same things, cookies…cakes…pies. This year is all about reaching out of my baking go-to’s and trying dishes that are a little more of a special treat. 

Today with you, I am sharing my recipe for gluten free lady fingers. I am sure that you can only guess as to why…*wink*. This first recipe will be a part of a 2 recipe series here on my blog this February. While there are gluten free lady fingers out on the market, they are down right impossible to find! On top of that, to order them online… they are insanely expensive with tax. What better way anyways than to bake them yourself? These cookies contain minimal ingredients, have a short cooking time, and are fairly easy to make. The most important thing is to NOT over mix your cookie batter! This recipe takes a delicate hand as you will be working with egg whites. Have no fear! My recipe will guide you well on your way to making these lady fingers for a lovely dessert in the future. Take a look below for the recipe and enjoy!

G.F. Lady Fingers
Recipe creates: 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes


Ingredients:

1 Cup gluten free flour [I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1]
Salt, pinch
2/3 Cup white sugar
5 Eggs, separated into different bowls
1 1/4 Tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tsp lime juice
Powder sugar

Instructions:

  • Pre heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust the parchment paper with powder sugar so that it has a light dusting. [This will prevent sticking]
  • In a mixing bowl, add egg yolks and 1/3rd cup white sugar. Beat on high until the egg yolks lighten up and the mixture becomes thick and glossy.
  • Quickly whisk in vanilla extract.
  • Next take the egg whites, lime juice, and salt and whisk until glossy and soft peaks form. Next beat into the egg whites, the sugar a little at a time until fully incorporated and whisk on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently sift the flour onto the top of your bowl containing the egg yolks. Fold gently 5 times.
  • Add 1/4th of your egg white mixture on top of the egg yolks and flour and very gentle fold in until lightly incorporated. Repeat until all of the egg whites have been incorporated into your bowl.
  • Using a piping bag, pipe your lady finger batter onto the baking sheet. You will want them to be about 4 inches long and have at least a 1 inch gap between them.
  • Once piped heavily dust with powder sugar and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until a light golden brown color is achieved.
  • Immediately remove from sheet pan once baked, otherwise they will stick. Re-sprinkle powder sugar as needed onto the baking sheet, as well as onto the new batches of lady fingers before they go into the oven.

Tip] The best way to remove the lady fingers from the sheet pan is by lifting them off the pan vertically vs. horizontally. 

I will admit these cookies don’t have too much to them on their own, however when used to make Tiramisu, they create a delicious treat for anyone who loves coffee. That’s right! Stay tuned for my gluten free tiramisu recipe coming to my blog this month! 

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