Cigarettes Russe

Cigarettes Russe

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Makes
15-20

The name means ‘Russian cigarettes’. These crisp, rolled biscuits are a classic accompaniment to creamy or fruit desserts.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 egg whites
115g caster sugar
90g butter, melted
2-3 drops natural vanilla extract
75g plain flour, sifted

Method

  1. Beat egg whites and sugar with a fork until smooth. Stir in melted butter, vanilla and flour.
  2. Place 1 small teaspoonful of mixture on one-half of a buttered and floured baking tray and, using a metal spatula, spread to an oblong shape about 13 × 8 cm in size. Spread out another teaspoonful of mixture on other half of tray, spacing well apart. Bake in a preheated moderately hot oven for 5–6 minutes or until golden.
  3. Remove immediately from oven and cool for 1–2 minutes, then lift from tray with a thin-bladed knife and place upside-down on the table. Working quickly, wind each biscuit round the handle of a wooden spoon. Remove at once, and cool. Bake the remaining biscuits in the same way. Store in an airtight container.

Note

  • To test whether mixture is the correct consistency, bake 1 biscuit first. If it is too firm and hard to remove from the tray, add an extra 1–2 teaspoons melted butter. If it is too soft and difficult to handle, add 1–2 teaspoons flour.
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