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Homemade Sponge Finger Cookies

Nicoletta May 6, 2018

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Homemade Sponge Finger Cookies, delicious, easy and fast to make, they could be the base of so many desserts, or just as good with a cup of coffee or tea.

Song of the day: Saturday Sun – Vance Joy.

Homemade Savoiardi Cookies

The weekend is for family, for lazy starts, for good laughs, long walks, and for baking. Although I love to bake every day of the week, the weekend has a special taste.

 

 

In the weekend time is on your side, there is no rushing to get anywhere, you can savor each moment you spend doing what you love doing, and for me, after enjoying a good breakfast with Loreto, it is “let’s get messy in the kitchen!”. If it is a sunny morning, like these beautiful days we’re having, the pleasure is even doubled. I decide on what I want to bake, collect all the ingredients I need, put an apron on my clothes and a smile on my face.

Homemade Savoiardi Cookies

I was itching to try the silicon sponge finger pan I bought in Rome last time I was there. It makes 15 sponge cookies or ladyfingers, and in the back, it displayed the recipe to make them. It is such a basic recipe if you decide to make it, you probably already have all the ingredients needed. And if you don’t have the pan, you can always go free-hand with a piping bag on a baking sheet. They will still be beautiful. And delicious.

Homemade Savoiardi Cookies

The recipe is pretty straightforward: beat up the egg yolks and icing sugar in one bowl, separately beat the egg whites with the rest of the sugar and a pinch of salt, then fold those eggy foams together with the flour/baking powder. Transfer to a pastry bag with a small round tip, pipe (whether free-form on a lined baking sheet or in the special mold), bake, and you’re done. Oh, don’t forget to sprinkle vanilla sugar (or icing sugar) on top of the cookies before baking. That contributes to helping them rise and gives a nice sweet crusty topping.

Homemade Savoiardi CookiesHomemade Savoiardi Cookies

I’ve always loved sponge finger cookies, so light, crispy on the outside and with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Eating just one does not seem enough. My grandma always had a bag of sponge finger cookies in the kitchen cupboard so when I got back from school I had something sweet to munch on. That, or a slice of bread with Nutella. In my parents’ place, we always had bags of ladyfingers in case we wanted to make Tiramisu. And that we did quite often.

Homemade Savoiardi Cookies

I recently made a Chocolate and Mascarpone Cream Tiramisu with these homemade sponge finger cookies and the result was incredible. They held their shape and texture, only to be moistened and infused by the espresso. But they are quite lovely also on their own, with a cup of coffee by their side. This is an exceptional dipping cookie, and you all know, by now, that I am an advocate for dunking cookies in my coffee or cappuccino.

Homemade Savoiardi Cookies

Sponge fingers, ladyfingers, or Savoiardi?

Sponge fingers, ladyfingers, or Savoiardi in Italian, are simple cookies to make and can be used in so many desserts: not only Tiramisu but trifles, puddings, layered desserts, Charlotte, sandwich cookies, or enjoyed on their own. Their texture can range from soft and slightly chewy to dry and crisp, depending on how long they’re in the oven and whether they’re baked free-form or in special molds like the one I used. In the end, it all boils down to your personal preference. Since I wanted to use them in the Tiramisu, I wanted a drier, more absorbent texture, so I left them in the oven a little longer. Once cooled, you can use the ladyfingers right away or stash them in an airtight container until needed.

The recipe makes for only 15 sponge finger cookies. I made two batches, but I did not double the recipe, I just made it at two different times. Few ladyfingers did not make it to the Tiramisu, they were enjoyed plain with a nice coffee. A due reward for a hard-working blogger 🙂 .

homemade sponge finger cookies

Happy weekend. Enjoy!

Song of the day: Saturday Sun – Vance Joy.

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Homemade Savoiardi Cookies

Homemade Savoiardi Cookies

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 Savoiardi cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Homemade Sponge Finger Cookies, delicious, easy and fast to make, they could be the base of so many desserts, or just as good with a cup of coffee or tea.


Ingredients

  • 70 g organic, unbleached, all-purpose flour (I used 00 flour)
  • 40 g icing (powdered) sugar
  • 2 small eggs, organic, free-range
  • 8 g baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • vanilla sugar (or icing sugar), for dusting on top of the cookies before baking

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F) and lightly grease the sponge finger pan (or line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat).
  2. Whip the egg yolks with 30 g icing sugar into a froth.
  3. Separately whip egg whites into a froth together with the remaining 10 g icing sugar and a pinch of salt.
  4. Blend gently the froth from the egg white with the yolk froth and add flour blended with baking powder.
  5. Use a piping bag with a small round tip to apply the batter to the greased sponge finger pan (or go free-form on the lined baking sheet).
  6. Dust vanilla (or icing) sugar on top of the cookies.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  8. For drier cookies, turn off the oven, open the door, and let them cool inside for 5 minutes.
  9. Take out of the oven, and cool sponge cookies to room temperature directly on the pan, then transfer to an airtight container as soon as possible (they will begin softening in the air if they sit out after they have cooled).

Notes

They last for a couple of weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.

To make enough cookies for a Tiramisu you need to double the recipe.

To make them gluten-free, use the above recipe, replacing the 00 flour with 75 g gluten-free flour blend + 15 g cornstarch.

Ricetta in Italiano
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Homemade Savoiardi Cookies

Savoiardi Fatti in Casa

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 Savoiardi
  • Category: Biscotti
  • Method: Al forno
  • Cuisine: Italiana

Description

I Savoiardi sono biscotti leggeri e “spugnosi” a base di uova, zucchero, farina e un po’ di lievito. Hanno una consistenza friabile che si scioglie in bocca e un gusto delicato. Sono un’ottima base per tanti dolci, tra cui il Tiramisu, ma sono gustosi anche da soli, specialmente accompagnati da caffè o thè.


Ingredients

  • 70 g di farina 0 oppure 00
  • 40 g di zucchero a velo
  • 2 uova piccole, biologiche, da allevamento a terra
  • 1/2 di bustina lievito (8 g)
  • 1 pizzico di sale
  • 1/2 busta di zucchero vanigliato, per decorare

Instructions

  1. Pre-riscaldare il forno a 180° C.
  2. Sbattere i tuorli con 30 g di zucchero a velo fino ad ottenere un composto spumoso.
  3. Montare a neve gli albumi con i restanti 10 g di zucchero a velo e un pizzico di sale.
  4. Amalgamare i due composti e aggiungere la farina e il lievito, setacciati.
  5. Servirsi di una sac-à-poche con beccuccio piccolo per distribuire l’impasto nello stampo per savoiardi.
  6. Cospargere ogni biscotto di zucchero vanigliato prima di infornare.
  7. Cuocere in forno per circa 12-15 minuti, a fino a quando dorati.
  8. Spegnere il forno, aprire lo sportello, e lasciarli raffreddare all’interno per qualche minuto.
  9. Togliere dal forno e far raffreddare completamente nello stampo su di una gratella, poi riporre in una scatola con chiusura ermetica (se restano all’aria si ammorbidiscono),

Notes

Per utilizzare i Savoiardi in un Tiramisu di 22 cm di diametro avrete bisogno di raddoppiare le dosi della ricetta.

Per realizzarli senza glutine, sostituite la farina 00 con 75 g di farina senza glutine miscelata a 15 g di amido di mais.

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10 Comments

  • Reply maria May 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    I was wondering how you got all the cookies to look so perfect…. leave it to the Italians to think of a mold! Genius!!! My brother will be in Rome at the end of the month… I think I will put in a special order.
    Sunday baking is truly special! Great post Nicoletta. Thanks for sharing ♥

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 6, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Maria! The brand of the pan is Tescoma, ask your brother to get it for you 🙂 .

  • Reply Milena Perrine May 7, 2018 at 7:29 am

    I have never made lady fingers from scratch and I am so excited about this recipe because tiramisu is my favorite dessert ever. One of these days I will treat myself to a full day of baking and making dessert and I will start with your beautiful Savoiardi. Gotta buy that nifty baking mold too. Have a wonderful week, Nicoletta! Pinned!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 7, 2018 at 8:49 am

      They are fairly easy to make, Milena. And you can also make them free-hand. But the pan is cool to have 😉 . Thank you so much for your comment!!

  • Reply annie@ciaochowbambina May 7, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Getting messy in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do! Especially if it results in delicious lady fingers! So cozy!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 7, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Thank you, Annie! Easy and delicious, and also fun to make 🙂 .

  • Reply karrie / Tasty Ever After May 7, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Love that you’ve made your own ladyfingers!! Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts and every time I make it, I think to myself how I much better it would be if I made my own ladyfingers. Thanks for the recipe and giving me the encouragement to try to make them homemade. Now I have to go find a pan like yours 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 7, 2018 at 10:22 am

      Thanks, Karrie! We love Tiramisu here as well! 😉 . The pan is nice to have but you can also make them free-hand 🙂 . Have a wonderful week!

  • Reply Beyond the Chicken Coop May 7, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I have a pan like that from my mother. I have not used it yet because I just wasn’t certain what to bake in it! Now I know!!! These sponge finger cookies look so lovely!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 11, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Thank you, Kathy! Glad you can use the pan, now 🙂 . Enjoy!

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