Finally knocked off from work tired and dazed. No mood for anything, not even for a nice dinner Kel wants to bring me to. Packed food and went home but itchy fingers wanted to bake something.
I have so many bakes to try; the only thing is just to make sure I have the ingredients I need. *you should check out my tear-outs and bits-n-pieces of recipes piled up*
Tina passed on this recipe to me not long ago. *Thanks girl! Another great recipe to keep!* Before that, I have not heard of this biscuit.
“Langes de chat, translates literally as Cat’s Tongue, which are crisp, dry biscuits can be made, or rather flavored, in various ways. These biscuits keep for quite a long time and are usually served with certain liqueurs and sparkling wines. They are also served with iced desserts and used as ingredients of various puddings."---Larousse Gastronomique, Prosper Montage [Crown Publishers:New York] 1961 e(p. 578)
The earliest record of this recipe was in year 1919… interesting. So now you know a bit more. Why am I dwelling on history here?
I’m not a fan of butter (on its own) so instead of the original flavour, I improvised by dividing the batter into 3 portions. The portions are then individually flavoured with orange zest, green tea powder and chocolate.
200g icing sugar
250g plain flour
5 egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Beat butter until creamy and soft with mixer, add in icing sugar and beat further until evenly mixed. Add in vanilla essence.
Continue beating; add egg whites bit by bit. Lastly, add flour slowly. Beat until everything is well-blended.
Put mixture in a piping bag. Press into 5 cm length cookies on baking tray lightly greased with butter. Allow 2cm length between cookies.
Bake in preheated oven at 180 deg C for approximately 8 mins, or until edges are a little brown. Remove from tray, let biscuits cool and store in air-tight container.
For variation – Add in orange zest to batter or replace one-fifth of the flour with cocoa powder, green tea powder or coffee powder.
Be sure to watch the biscuits when baking, they turn brown pretty fast. I have to warn you, these biscuits are not advised to have within reach at all times. Once you start munching, they will be gone in no time!