Homemade Lady Fingers

**Recipe adapted from LaVarenne Practique Cookbook, by Anne Willan, published by Crown
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YIELD: 24 ladyfingers
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg whites, beaten until stiff
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar for dusting
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      Directions

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 baking sheets with 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons of flour. Mark parallel lines in the flour across the width of the tray about 4 inches apart. Put the eggs 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, using the mixer. Add the egg whites, remaining 3/4 cup flour, salt and vanilla, fold to mix thoroughly so the mixture is smooth. Fill a large pastry bag with a 3/4-inch plain tube with the mixture. Pipe fingers about 4 1/2-inches in length on to the baking sheet, using the lines as a guide. Dust the ladyfingers with powdered sugar. Bake until for 15 to 18 minutes, or until just firm on the outside and soft in the center
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