Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daring Bakers: January Challenge--Tuiles

Cannolli shaped Tuiles with chocolate mousse
Semi-Napoleon layered Tuiles with chocolate mousse and tuiles freehand heart

Tuiles hearts topped a red velvet cupcake

This month's challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day 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.
"Traditionally, tuiles are thin, crisp almond cookies that are gently molded over a rolling pin or arched form while they are still warm. Once set, their shape resembles the curved French roofing tiles for which they're named. The Dutch angle: traditionally this batter was used to bake flat round cookies on 31st December, representing the year unfold. On New Years day however, the same batter was used but this day they were presented to well-wishers shaped as cigars and filled with whipped cream, symbolizing the New Year that's about to roll on. And of course the batter is sometimes called tulip-paste..."
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
  • ¼ cup softened butter (not melted but soft)
  • ½ cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
  • 1/2 cup sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 table spoon cocoa powder/or food coloring of choice
  • Butter/spray to grease baking sheet
  1. Oven: 350
  2. 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 over mix.
  3. 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).
  4. 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 baking sheet and use an off sided spatula to spread batter. Leave some room in between your shapes.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake butterflies in a preheated oven (180C/350F) for about 5-10 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Immediately release from baking sheet 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 baking sheet 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….


8 comments:

Babeth said...

Great job!

Lisa Michelle said...

Everything loos awesome, especially that cupcake!! Very artistic and creative all around!

Dragon said...

I love the heart! Great job on this month's challenge.

Loie said...

The layered ones look delicious!

Jo said...

Very cute and great job. Love what you have done with the various shapes.

Jenny said...

They really do make great cupcake toppers! Great job.

TeaLady said...

Beautiful Tuiles. Love the chocolate heart.

Lyns said...

Just gorgeous. The foil pink liner could hop over to my blog *wink and nudge* New things coming soon. Drop me a line ok <3