Regency Refreshments: Naples Biscuits
The Virginia Housewife (1838) :
Lobscouse & Spotted Dog (ISBN 0393320944) has a recipe for these and I saw no reason to wander:
3 Eggs, separated
1/3 c. sugar
1/8 tsp rose water
¼ c. salt
¾ c. flour
Preheat oven to 350°.
Whip the egg whites until doubled in volume. Continue to whip, gradually adding the sugar, until the whites are smooth and glossy.
Beat the yolks and stir in the rose water and salt. Fold into the egg whites. Sift the flour into the egg mixture and stir gently to combine.
Either pipe 2-3” “fingers” onto a lightly greased cookie sheet with a pastry bag or spoon into a greased Madeline pan.
Bake 10-15 minutes.
My friends’ reactions:
They’re perfectly inoffensive, but they’re not something any of us would seek out as a treat. I think I’d add more rose water, or possibly make them with orange water instead and dust them with powdered sugar.