January 03, 2008

Langue de Chat: Not So Ordinary Tongues

Lidah [lee-daah] means tongue in Bahasa Indonesia, but these tongues are not some of those bloody kinds which are used in curry or sauteed in a hot pan. These are cookies and they taste wonderful. Often, people in Indonesia would choose these tongues to be the option to spend leftover egg whites taken from million-eggs recipes like Lapis Surabaya or Lapis Legit as both recipes use more egg yolks rather than the whites. To overcome the problem, the common choice is to make lidah kucing [kwoo-cheeng], literally means cat's tongue (lidah = tounge; kucing = cat).

These cookies are a marriage between butter cookies and meringue. They taste neither too buttery nor does too sweet and light as meringue. They are lighter than butter cookies and heavier than meringue. That kind in between, how do you suppose to call them? The best way is just to call them lidah kucing or langue de chat. I just found out that these cookies are coming from France.

They're quite rich for a little nibble, but I suppose that the content of protein in egg yolks are shifted to something lighter, and you probably have less thing to worry about expanding your waisteline (that when you eat it in moderation, really).

I made two kinds of lidah kucing which are different in flavours: one is nutty and the other one is chocolaty. I also managed to spend the egg whites to make meringue for my beloved hubby, and used a little more to dip the croquettes for light lunch.

Lidah Kucing Almond [the cookies mixed with almond and flavoured with almond essence]

Source: D'ez Kitchen, Edisi Oktober 2006.

I use dark chocolate to drizzle the cookies.

Indonesian Version click here.

lidah kucing almond

200g margarine,
100g butter,
250g icing sugar,
150cc egg whites,
150g chopped toasted almond,
250g plain flour,
½ Tbs almond essence,
½ tsp salt,
½ tsp baking soda

Beat margarine, butter and sugar until creamy. Sift plain flour in another bowl, add in almond, salt, and baking powder. Fold into the margarine mixture, mix well. Add in the essence. Beat the egg whites until stiff, fold in carefully into the butter mixture and mix until well combined.

Preheat the oven 150C-155C. Line baking tray with lightly greased baking paper. Spoon the batter into a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip/nozzle. Pipe fingers. Bake for 20 minutes (turn the baking tray around in 10 minutes) until golden brown.

Lidah Kucing Chocolate [flavoured with cocoa powder and vanilla essence]

Source: Femina or Kartini Booklet (Mother's recipes collection).

langue de chat - chocolat

This method is different from above recipe as there's no need to whisk the egg whites until stiff. The taste is rather chocolatey but the texture tends to be heavier than the almond version. Perhaps different method gives different results.

125g icing sugar,
125g butter,
50cc egg whites,
100g plain flour,
25g cocoa powder,
vanilla essence

Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add in the egg whites, beat until fluffy. Sift the flour and cocoa powder, fold into the butter mixture. Mix carefully until well combined. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe onto a greased baking tray. Bake until golden brown. (I use same oven temperature as above).

Bahasa Indonesia:

125g gula halus,
125g mentega,
50cc putih telur,
100g tepung terigu,
25g coklat bubuk,
esens vanili

Kocok mentega, gula dan vanili sampai lembut. Masukkan putih telur, kocok terus sampai mengembang. Ayak tepung bersama coklat bubuk, lalu masukkan ke dalam campuran mentega. Aduk perlahan sampai tercampur rata. Masukkan ke dalam kantong segitiga, dan semprotkan ke atas loyang yang sudah diolesi mentega. Bakar hingga matang.


Deborah said...

Yum! I always seem to learn about a new food here on your blog! I love that blogging brings the world so much closer.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'm having trouble choosing. May I try both? :)

katiez said...

They look just perfect with a cup of tea mid afternoon... or with coffee for breakfast... yeah, I like that!

Arfi Binsted said...

Deborah: I agree!!

Susan: Please, help yourself :D

Katie: Great with a cup of coffee after lunch, too!!

Chris said...

These look fantastic! I am with Susan and would like to each both...plates. :)

Arfi Binsted said...

please, help yourself, Chris! welcome back and happy new year to you. hugs.