Friday, April 23, 2010

GLUTEN-FREE SHABTAI LADY FINGER COOKIES


A food, gluten-free or otherwise, that is called a finger is usually long and slender in shape like, well, a finger. These are round. But be that as it may, they are lady-finger-tasting and it's a very good taste at that. Lady fingers are a traditionally delicate cookie, and these do not disappoint in that respect. 

Lady fingers can be used in trifles, desserts where layers of cake and juicy berries are combined with whipped cream and chilled. For a fresh variation on the trifle, make the good old American strawberry shortcake. Place fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream between two of these ladyfingers, top with more whipped cream and a berry and you are done. You might also like to use these cookies to make a tiramisu, the Italian dish made with sponge cake soaked in espresso, layered with cream and topped with cinnamon. 

A word of warning: if you are considering using these lady fingers for any of these dishes, it is recommended that you buy an extra box simply for snacking or tea time. Otherwise, you may find you've all too quickly eaten the main ingredient for dinner's dessert piece de resistance. They are that good.

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