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Hi Bold Bakers!
Upon the release of Gemma’s insanely delicious 10 Minute Tiramisu, we have had loads of request for Egg-Free Ladyfingers.
Whether it be for cultural reasons, dietary preference, or just wanting to try something in a new way, I love to create recipes that are fit for all kinds of lifestyles. From vegan or gluten free, to keto, I’ve got you covered! This recipe is a classic reinvented, but they are every bit just as yummy — and of course they are the ideal building block for all your favorite tiramisu recipes including The BEST Tiramisu Recipe (100% From Scratch), 10-minute Berry Tiramisu Recipe, and 10-minute Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe!
How To Make Ladyfingers Without Eggs
When people tell me a recipe has to be made only one way, I almost always find that’s not exactly the case. From baking without sugar to using alternative flours, I consider myself a bit of scientist in the kitchen.
With a little experimentation I can confirm, ladyfingers do not need to be made with egg. The role egg plays in normal ladyfingers is adding in air and richness, but that can be achieved with other ingredients. My Egg-Free Ladyfingers recipe starts by whipping up butter and sugar into a light and fluffy consistency. This is what adds the body to the ladyfinger instead of the egg.
From there you just add flour and baking powder!
Do You Have To Use A Piping Bag To Make Ladyfingers?
While I actually love the precision that comes with using a piping bag, it does require some technique and can take some practice. I highly suggest experimenting with a piping bag — simply fold down the top about half way, then fill with the ladyfinger batter. From there, fold the top up and twist to push the batter down to the bottom of the bag, getting rid of any air bubbles. You can then snip the tip and pipe away.
While I really like doing this, you CAN achieve a similar effect with a large plastic bag with the tip nipped off.
How Are Egg-Free Ladyfingers Different?
After baking, the Egg-Free Ladyfingers look just like the real deal. The are a pale golden color, slightly risen and sweet. They are a little bit more delicate than a ladyfinger with egg, but after a day or so they have the ideal texture, which is both soft and crisp, to be dipped into coffee then layered between lovely sweet mascarpone mousse!
How Do You Store Ladyfingers?
Ideally, ladyfingers are actually a bit stale as this allows them to really soak up whatever liquid they are dipped in for making tiramisu. I like to keep mine in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. If you want to make them in advance, then freeze them or vacuum seal them, they will keep very well!
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- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) then line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a medium bowl cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and vanilla, then whisk together until just combined, being careful not to over mix.
- Transfer the batter to a piping bag with a 1/2 inch round tip.
- Pipe 3 inch lines of batter about 1 inch apart onto the parchment paper.
- Bake the ladyfingers for 10-12 minutes until slightly golden, the cookies are meant to be pale and will not brown.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.