Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daring Bakers Challenge - Tuiles

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.

This is my very first Daring Bakers Challenge and I have to say I was little nervous to make Tuiles. They aren't something that I had always been dying to make. In fact I still don't know how to say the word properly. So if you see me in person and you ask about this blog...don't laugh at me.

As I said in a previous post I celebrated my dear friend's birthday by bringing her chocolate mousse. I thought it would be a yummy treat to pipe a bit of mousse into a Tuile cup. It worked out quite well! The cups were only crisp around the edges. The bottom part set up but was a bit soft.


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 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.


pinkstripes said...

Your tuile looks perfect. I have no idea how to pronounce it either. Is it tool or tweel? who knows?

zorra said...

Welcome to the db-group! Wonderful tuiles! If you would like to have the whole tuiles crispy you need to bake them longer, but then it's more difficult to shape them...

TeaLady said...

Love the little cups. Welcome to DB.

Lisa Michelle said...

Congratulations on a great first challenge! Awesome tuiles and that chocolate mousse looks decadent!

Eat4Fun said...

Welcome to the DB and congratulations on completing your first challenge! The chocolate mousse looks very tasty!

~Amber~ said...

Your Tuiles look delectable! Congratulations on a successful first challenge.