Thursday, January 29, 2009

DARING BAKERS: TUILES

This month's daring baker's challenge was chosen by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They chose Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux. This was by far the most fantastically creative recipe chosen to date. Tuiles are a thin and crisp cookie that become malleable post baking which allows for endless shapes, sizes, and colors. These cookies really gave us Daring Baker's a chance to expand our horizons! I shaped my tuiles into little squiggles (or waves) that I dipped in chocolate as well as mini cups which housed a generous dollop of brown sugar Swiss meringue buttercream and a pistachio. I was really amazed to see how much can be done with this recipe. Due to the fact that I was on a time constraint, I really wasn't able to shine in the "creativity" department. I will most definitely be making these again and experiment with different shapes. The actual cookie was light and refreshing. It had a fortune cookie kind of a taste; not too sweet but dainty enough to be an after dinner cookie. Check out what the other Daring Baker's did here!

I seemed to have lost all my pictures that I took of these cookies! I only recovered 1 picture and it's awful, so forgive me :) I did my best to fix it up. Yuck.

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 / 2.3 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 over mix.

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 baking sheet 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 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….

4 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Your tuiles look perfect. I love the chocolate dip.

Heather B said...

Great job! They look wonderful!

Engineer Baker said...

Everything's better dipped in chocolate :) And pictures are just extra - I'm glad you liked them!

Diana said...

The one with buttercream looks dangerously delicious! Great job on the challenge.