Lady Fingers or Biscuits Cuilleres


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When you live in Europe or France, and you need an ingredient for a recipe, you can go to any supermarket and just get it because they would have the item that the recipe demands. Unfortunately, most American supermarkets does not carry all the ingredients that i was accustomed to work with, or play with in Europe which can make your cooking experience a bit of a challenge or a scavenger hunt. Over the years that I have been in the USA, I have learned to either bring those coveted items back with me, or find internet sites that either sell them, or explain how I can make them myself.

So this is how, I learned to make pistachio paste, Pralin, Chestnut Puree.

This weekend I wanted to make a Buche de Noel ( Yule Log) and the recipe called for Boudoirs, or Lady Fingers… But I could not find them in any store so I had to make them.

So here is the recipe. It is one of the easiest thing to make, it is fast and you make lots of cookies at once that keep really well in an airtight container.

Ingredients for about 50 individual cookies:

  • 3 eggs separated
  • 63 grams of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract ( I am using the vanilla bean Paste from Nielsen Massey found at the Fresh Market)
  • 32 gr. of flour
  • 32 gr. of corn starch or even potato starch
  • powdered sugar
  1. Separate the eggs and place the egg whites into a mixer. Beat the egg whites into hard peaks.
  2. When you have reached this texture, add the egg yolks and blend them in.
  3. Then sift the corn starch and the flour and add it gently to the egg whites.
  4. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
  5. Fill a pastry bag and draw small sticks of about 1/2 inch by 2 inches on  large silpat that you would have placed on a large perforated sheet.
  6. Dust some powdered sugar all over the “cookies”.
  7. Bake the cookies in the oven for 12 minutes  at 338 or until they become a very pale yellow.
  8. Remove them from the oven and let them cool down at room temperature. Keep in an airtight container so that they will stay hard ( can keep for several weeks).

And with those wonderful cookies, I was able to make my Vanilla and Chocolate Buche de Noel. Yum….

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Lady Fingers or Biscuits Cuilleres

  • Servings: 12-16
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
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Ingredients for about 50 individual cookies:

  • 3 eggs separated
  • 63 grams of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract ( i am using the vanilla bean)
  • 32 gr. of flour
  • 32 gr. of corn starch or even potato starch
  • powdered sugar
  1. Separate the eggs and place the egg whites into a mixer. Beat the egg whites into hard peaks.
  2. When you have reached this texture, add the egg yolks and blend them in.
  3. Then sift the corn starch and the flour and add it gently to the egg whites.
  4. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
  5. Fill a pastry bag, and draw small sticks of about 1/2 inch by 2 inches on large perforated sheet that you would have placed on a large perforated sheet.
  6. Dust some powdered sugar all over the “cookies”.
  7. Bake the cookies in the oven for 12 minutes at 338 or until they become a very pale yellow.
  8. Remove them from the oven and let them cool down at room temperature. Keep in a airtight container so that they will stay hard ( can keep for several weeks).

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

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Easy Blueberry Tiramisu


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Yeah for Memorial Day Week-end;-) Though I am aware and recognize that Memorial day is  a special day for our nation, Memorial Week-end also symbolizes the beginning of the summer and the end of the school year. And so, for those reasons, I have waited for this week-end with open arms. I could not wait for it to come so that I could hang out, be lazy, sleep late, enjoy the sun and cook;-) What have you done this week-end? Have you gone out-of-town? did you go to the beach? We momentarily thought to go to the beach but my nephew graduated from Spartanburg High School this past Friday and so we decided to stay to celebrate this very special event. If High school graduation is special for you, it is even more special for our family because Daniel, my nephew, born swiss from a Swiss father and a German mother, is the first person in our family to graduate from an American School on an American ground. So so special!!!

So besides celebrating this special day , what else have I done this week-end? I have woken late, went to the movies last night and played in my kitchen.

I love to cook, but when it is beautiful outside and you have the chance to enjoy this nice weather, why spend hours in the kitchen to make treats. So for those same reason, I wanted to offer this treat. It requires few ingredients, and it is quick and easy to make and it would make for a fun dessert tomorrow;-)

Ingredients for 6 to 8 shot glasses:

  • 1 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 box of mascarpone cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1-2 tbsp of sugar, or agave, or even honey.
  1. In a bowl, mix the heavy cream with the sugar and beat until it is becoming thicker but still liquid.photo 1
  2. Add the soft mascarpone cheese to the heavy cream, and you will see that the mixture will become thicker.photo 2
  3. Fill a small plastic bag with the whipped cream and set aside.
  4. Place the blueberry in a chopper and puree the blueberries.
  5. To make the dessert, fill the shot glass with some heavy cream. Then spoon some of the blueberry puree on top of the cream. Repeat this until you reach the top of the shot glass.
  6. Refrigerate.photo

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!