Sponge Fingers

There is something about being a repeat customer at a car dealer that makes it worthwhile staying with the same manufacturer. My first car was a Golf, and when that was stolen I went straight out and bought a Ford, without looking at any other car. I liked the tail lights! Dave then bought me a Fiat and after that, my first Hyundai. I started with a Getz and got a second one as my next car. I then got the i20 and for those of you who are Facebook friends with me, you will know that I had a serious issue with the clutch on my car. To cut a long story short, the dealer principal at the Helderberg outlet traded in my i20 for a really good price, and sold me an i30 for a discounted price. When it came time to get a new car, Wolf was ready with a very sharp pencil. He gave me a trade in above the book value, and sold me the new car at the old price. I was also given extra’s at no charge. So, it made our repeat visit an extremely good one. Since first making sponge fingers for my Charlotte I have had the excuse to repeat the baking. They are so easy to make, and good practice for me for my piping skills. And totally worth eating and enjoying.

Charlotte Russe Using Sponge Fingers
Charlotte Russe
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Sponge Fingers

Easy to make and versatile to use for all sorts of desserts
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 1 batch Sponge Fingers
All Rights Reserved: Adapted From Larousse Gastronomique page 1013


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 125 g fructose
  • 7.5 mls orange flower water
  • 100 g flour
  • 1 pinch fine salt
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius
  • Place the egg yolks and fructose into a mixing bowl
  • Whisk until at the ribbon stage
  • Add the orange flower water and whisk in
  • Add the flour and gently fold in
  • Place the egg whites and salt into a mixing bowl
  • Whisk to stiff peaks
  • Fold into the egg yolk mixture
  • Place the batter into a piping bag, fitted with the largest smooth nozzle you have
  • Pipe onto a lined baking tray, to your desired length
  • Dust with icing sugar
  • Gently tap the tray twice
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Allow to cool on the tray before removing
  • Store in an air tight container

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35 thoughts on “Sponge Fingers

  1. This sponge finger dessert is absolutely adorable! Would love to indulge in every layer with a cup of tea of course. Just the type of dessert I love. I remember when you posted one with a few similarities, both look divine. Your car stories are fun, don’t see too many of those this side of the pond =)

  2. Last week on The Great British Bake Off (a tv baking competition) the final challenge was a Charlotte Russe and I rememeber thinking “ooh, maybe I should bake some sponge fingers” and now you’ve shown me how to!

    1. We get The Great British Bake Off here and I love it. I am sure we have watched this series and I hope you try and make your own sponge fingers 🙂

  3. How awful to have your car stolen it must have been such a shock. My mother used to make Charlotte Russe for dinner parties when I was younger and we loved this dessert.

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