Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween "Scary" Ladyfingers

Halloween is fun!  You get to dress up and go trick or treating.  I still don't know what am I gonna be this year but I know what I want to bake!  Saw some great ideas on Google for homemade Halloween treats.  The original recipes use butter cookies. Hmmm...I don't like to bake too much fatty treats so I got the idea of transforming ordinary ladyfingers into scary Halloween ladyfingers.  How's that for a change?  It turned out excellent!  And it's only 15 calories each "finger".  Yeah, beat that! 

Halloween "Scary" Ladyfingers
~50 servings ~ 15 calories each
adapted from all recipes

2 eggs, separated
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
50 whole natural almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Line two 17 x 12 inch baking sheets with baking parchment. Fit large pastry bag with a plain 1/2 inch round tube.
  2. Place egg whites in bowl and beat on high until soft peaks start to form. Slowly add cream of tartar and 2 tablespoons of the sugar and continue beating until stiff and glossy. In another bowl beat egg yolks, vanilla extract, and remaining sugar. Whip until thick and very pale in color.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder together on a sheet of wax paper. Fold half the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture. Fold in flour, and then add the remaining egg whites. Transfer mixture to pastry bag and pipe out onto prepared baking sheet. Top with almonds on one end. Bake 8 minutes.  Serve plain or with strawberry syrup.  

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