No, no worries, I’m not going to start blabbering about cats. For those who know me, it’s a topic I can easily get carried about (their little paws, and the way they curl to sleep, and…and…) Ok, I know, I know. But no, as usual, I am here to talk about cakes and these ‘langues de chat’ or ‘cat’s tongues’ are a French classic and a cup of coffee’s best friends. Usually, they come plain without any fancy chocolate ‘hats’ on but I thought they might look a bit boring, so decided to give them a little twist.
For 16 langues de chats, you need:
- 60 g butter
- 60 g flour
- 60 g sugar
- 2 egg whites
- A couple of drops of vanilla extract
- 80 g of white and/or dark chocolate
- Food colouring of your choice
- Preheat your oven to 200°C. In a bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar, vanilla extract and flour and mix well. Add the egg whites and mix again.
- Grease and flour a baking sheet. Put your biscuit mixture into a pipping bag fitted with a plain nozzle and pipe out little sticks about 6 cm long and 2 cm wide. Make sure there's sufficient space between each biscuit as they will spread when baking. Put in the oven for about 7 to 8 minutes. If piping is your thing, they should be slightly thicker at the ends and have a 'waist' in the middle. But they taste just as yummy without.
- Meanwhile, melt your white and/or dark chocolate in the microwave on medium heat for a couple of minutes. If using white chocolate, add a couple of drops of the food colouring of your choice (I think pastel colours work best for this kind of biscuit, so a tiny hint of green or red/pink colouring is enough). Once your biscuits are baked and cool, dip one end in the chocolate and leave to rest on a cooling rack.
- And now it's time to make a cup of coffee...