hen I imagine how a lady’s hand should look like, what comes to my mind is an image of a thin, silky smooth hand and elegant, elongated digits with manicured, buffed fingernails. And maybe, jut maybe, some discrete jewelry, if any. Now, who, in God’s name, could find any resemblance between the image I have just described and soft sponge cake cookies that got exactly the same name, is beyond me!
Savoiardi however, is a name for the same oblong shaped sponge cake, and it originated from the House of Savoy, a royal family in which this simple dessert was supposedly invented. The recipe was allegedly spread throughout Europe by the marriages of the many daughters of Bertha of Savoy, Queen consort of Germany. In France, these spongy sweet treats are called biscuits à la cuillère (spoon biscuits), because bakers used two spoons to spread the batter from the center before baking.
Do these delicate sponge cake biscuits resemble lady fingers or not, is debatable, however, their softness and lightness is unquestionable!
If you have never made lady fingers before, and you have tasted the store bought ones, you will probably ask what softness I am talking about! And you will be right! The store bought Savoiardi are dried and biscotti-like. And when you make them at home, you will end up with lovely sweet soft sponge cake biscuits, perfect for dipping in your favorite tea, or if you are more ambitious, ideal for making or a !
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