Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daring Bakers Takes On Tuiles

This month's challenge is brought to us by Karen of Baking Soda and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

I love tuiles, they are so light and make the perfect dessert, they look fancy and they are all around good. You can add all sorts of flavors and for this challenge I went with almond extract instead of the cocoa powder. As soon as they came out of the oven I flipped them onto the bottom of a glass and let them cool in order to get the "bowl" shape. I also folded some slightly to make a "taco" shape. Once cooled I filled them with yogurt and topped them off with some fresh fruit. These puppies didn't last long and were gobbled up as soon as they hit the plate! The recipe below is for the butterfly shape, but the beauty of this recipe is you can do anything with them.

Following is a recipe taken from a book called “The Chocolate Book”
written by female Dutch Master chef Angélique Schmeinck.
Recipe Yields: 20 small butterflies/6 large (butterflies are just an example)
Preparation time batter 10 minutes, waiting time 30 minutes, baking time: 5-10 minutes per batch

65 grams / ¼ cup / 2.3 ounces softened butter (not melted but soft)
60 grams / ½ cup / 2.1 ounces sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar (7 grams or substitute with a dash of vanilla extract)
2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
65 grams / 1/2 cup / 2.1/4 ounces sifted all purpose flour
1 table spoon cocoa powder/or food coloring of choice
Butter/spray to grease baking sheet

Oven: 180C / 350F

Using a hand whisk or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (low speed) and cream butter, sugar and vanilla to a paste. Keep stirring while you gradually add the egg whites. Continue to add the flour in small batches and stir to achieve a homogeneous and smooth batter/paste. Be careful to not overmix.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. (This batter will keep in the fridge for up to a week, take it out 30 minutes before you plan to use it).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with either butter/spray and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. This will help spread the batter more easily if using a stencil/cardboard template such as the butterfly. Press the stencil on the bakingsheet and use an off sided spatula to spread batter. Leave some room in between your shapes. Mix a small part of the batter with the cocoa and a few drops of warm water until evenly colored. Use this colored batter in a paper piping bag and proceed to pipe decorations on the wings and body of the butterfly.

Bake butterflies in a preheated oven (180C/350F) for about 5-10 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Immediately release from bakingsheet and proceed to shape/bend the cookies in the desired shape. These cookies have to be shaped when still warm, you might want to bake a small amount at a time or maybe put them in the oven to warm them up again. (Haven’t tried that). Or: place a bakingsheet toward the front of the warm oven, leaving the door half open. The warmth will keep the cookies malleable.

If you don’t want to do stencil shapes, you might want to transfer the batter into a piping bag fitted with a small plain tip. Pipe the desired shapes and bake. Shape immediately after baking using for instance a rolling pin, a broom handle, cups, cones….

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  2. They do look like little butterflies!

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  3. I've never heard of tuiles but they look so good. Yumminess!

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  4. Those look fantastic! Great with the fruit, I want to grab one right out of the picture!

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  5. Beautiful job on your tuiles! The bowls came out well, I hope you had fun and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  6. Great job on the challenge! You tuiles look great. Also the concert looked like so much fun. My husband and I are big nerds so we love things like that!

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