Thursday, January 29, 2009

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Daring Bakers: Tuile

I was beyond pleased with this month's Daring Bakers selection. It was such a fun and easy recipe to do, which was perfect for me since my free time was starting to diminish. I normally love baking the DB challenges but it's so hard for me to find blocks of time to bake without it disrupting my studying/reading schedule. Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux. I chose to make the recipe by Angélique Schmeink because it was the easiest for me. The tuiles came out amazing. They are such light cookies with a flavor that just screams "pair me up with anything!" I shaped most of the cookies into little cups and filled them with chocolate mousse. This dessert was a hit in our household. I look forward to making them again and creating new sweets to pair them with.

Thank you to Karen and Zorra for this month's selection. There have been a ton of creative interpretations of this recipe so make sure to check them out on the blogroll and in the Kitchen.

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.

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.

The cookies
The mousse


chef_d said...

Your tuiles look so delicate and beautifully made :)

Lisa Michelle said...

Your tuile bowls are perfect, and the simple swirl of chocolate mousse is all they need. Kudos to a job well done :)

pinkstripes said...

Your tuiles look wonderful and perfect with the chocolate mousse.

Jessica said...

Your tuiles are very pretty. Good job!

Engineer Baker said...

They look like they have little chocolate mousse flower in the middle - so pretty!

Lisa Lou said...

Way to go. Your tuiles look delish. That chocolate mousse is a perfect little nub of yumminess!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Very nice, they look like little flowers!

Laurel said...

I agree with your other commenters...they look like delicate flowers. Keep on hand for the Spring! :-)

~Amber~ said...

Your tuiles look delicate and delicious. YUM!

Diana said...

Your cups are beautiful and have a great even color. Great job on the challenge!