Ladyfingers are a type of light dry biscuits roughly shaped like long fingers. They are commonly known by their Italian name ‘Savoiardi’ or the French name ‘Boudoir’.
They are made of flour, eggs, sugar, powdered sugar. They traditionally don’t contain any raising agent. They get their lightness from whipping air into the eggs. The ladyfinger mixture is piped through a piping bag on to baking parchment, dusted with sugar and baked. They are us
Ladyfingers are most commonly used as an ingredient in desserts rather than eaten on their own.
Tiramisu – They are soaked in espresso and liqueur and used to make the Italian layered dessert tiramisu (which means “pick me up” in Italian).
Trifle – Trifle is an English dessert made with fruit (or jelly), a thin layer of ladyfingers soaked in sherry and layered with custard. It is usually topped with whipped cream. They usually have three or four layers.
Charlotte’s – A kind of desert, similar to a trifle that can be served either hot or cold. Its made by lining a cake tin with sponge cake or biscuits then it is filled with fruit puree or custard
As they contain both flour and eggs ladyfingers are neither vegan or gluten-free but some brands alternatives that cater to specific dietary requirements.