These gluten free ladyfingers (also known as savoiardi or boudoir biscuits) are perfect for making tiramisu and trifle. And equally delicious as a standalone snack, dunked in a cup of tea or coffee.
A sponge-biscuit hybrid, crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. They are very easy to make at home, using simple ingredients. The only special equipment you need is a piping bag with round tip (this Wilton 1A tip, or similar 1/2 inch tip is ideal).
I found they work really nicely with gluten free flour, and keep well if you want to make them the day before needed. Or if you want to make a batch to enjoy as a treat for the next couple of days.
What Makes Then Suitable for Tiramisu & Trifle?
They are quite a sturdy sponge biscuit, designed to be able to soak up a quick dunk in liquid while holding their form. No-one wants a disintegrating biscuit floating around in their cuppa (or a totally smooshed tiramisu or trifle!).
As you can see from these two pictures below, they work really well. Keeping their shape even when totally soaked with coffee (this is the base of my tiramisu).
How to Store These Gluten Free Ladyfingers
If you are baking these in advance, for use in a dessert, you can make them the day before. Simply cool them fully (ensure they are completely cooled), then place in an airtight container. Then when you are ready to make your dessert, they are raring to go.
Equally, store in a similar fashion if you are making them to enjoy as biscuity treats throughout the week. They will stay perfect for a couple of days, before starting to dry out. But even once dry, they still make great dunkers!
Gluten Free Ladyfingers/Savoiardi Recipe (Makes 18)
This recipe will make about 18 gluten free ladyfingers, plenty for a trifle or tiramisu, or a happy tinful for snacking.
You will find step by step photos underneath this recipe, to give you a visual guide. For any other help along the way or if you have questions, please do message me on social media (@myglutenfreeguide) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Happy baking! Laura xxx
Gluten Free Ladyfingers/Savoiardi Sponge Fingers
Ladyfingers, aka savoiardi or boudoir sponge fingers, are sponge-biscuit hybrids that are the perfect base for tiramisu and trifle. Also delicious as an afternoon treat with a cuppa!
- 3 large egg whites (weight approx 105g)
- 2 large egg yolks
- 80g caster sugar
- 120g gluten free plain flour
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional for flavour)
- Pinch salt
- 0.5 tsp baking powder
- Icing sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 175C (fan) and line two large trays with non-stick baking paper. If you only have one tray, that's fine as it's best to bake these one tray at a time anyway (you'll just have to pipe the sponge fingers twice rather than all in one go)
- In a large bowl. whisk the egg whites with an electric hand whisk until foamy and forming soft peaks (about 2 minutes of whisking).
- Add 50g of the sugar to the egg whites and whisk again, until the mixture starts to look glossy and forms stiff peaks (about 5 minutes).
- In a second bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining 30g caster sugar and the vanilla bean paste. Whisk for about 3 minutes, until pale and fluffy.
- Tip the egg yolk mixture into the bowl with the egg whites. Fold the two egg mixtures together, slowly and carefully so as not to knock the air out. I use a spatula for this, scooping the mixture from underneath and at the sides, then mixing with a slow cutting action.
- Now sift about a third of the flour over the eggs, then fold it a couple of times. Then another third of flour and fold a couple of times. Finally sift the remaining flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl. Then fold the mixture until nicely combined and smooth. Doing it in this gradual way, should avoid any flour lumps forming and mean less mixing, so you keep as much air as possible in the mixture.
- Place a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle (I use Wilton 1A) in a tall empty glass. This will help the bag to stand up while you fill it. Scrape all the batter into the piping bag.
- Pipe ladyfingers about 10cm long, 2cm wide onto the trays, leaving some space between them as they will grow and spread a little during baking.
- Dust the ladyfingers really liberally with icing sugar - ensuring they each get a good coating. During baking this will turn into a lovely shiny crust on the outside of the biscuits, giving them a nice crunch while the inside stays softer.
- Bake them (on the lower shelf of the oven), one tray at a time, for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned. Once baked, allow to cool for a minute or two on the tray, before carefully transferring them to a wire rack (they may stick a little bit to the paper, use a metal spatula or knife to gently ease them off). Once cooled, either use (or eat!) immediately or store in an airtight container until needed. They will keep for a couple of days, when stored properly. See my tiramisu recipe, if you want a delicious dessert recipe to use them in.
For more delicious gluten free dessert and baking ideas, why not check out some of my other recipes while you are here:
Enjoy! Laura xxx