Thursday, January 29, 2009

January Daring Baker: 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.
It's 10pm on the post day and I'm still in the process of getting mine together. I made the dough last night, but Dean took next to no nap today and I had book club tonight. Yes, I know, I put this off to the end so there's no excuse. I honestly was not happy about this challenge. After the holidays I did not want something sweet. Sure this had a savory option, but it just felt like a lame cracker challenge. I wanted something savory, bready, yeasty, salty, SOMETHING other than sweet/cracker. But whatever. Maybe that's just the pregnant lady in my talking.

Ok. Now that I'm finished and I've eaten them, I have to say this was a decent recipe. It made me think of mini strawberry sponge cake tacos or something. The one completely covered in chocolate was total overkill and made me feel sick. Honestly, my favorite was the plain tuile with strawberries and whipped cream. No chocolate. The chocolate rim wasn't bad, but it overpowered the cookie's taste. Matt liked them too. They were easy, cheap and quick. So I guess they get a good rating. You're supposed to be able to shape these easily right out of the oven, but I found mine were a little too springy to really hold a tight shape. Maybe I made them too thick, but I liked the taste and consitency of them anyway.

Following is a recipe taken from a book called “The Chocolate Book”, written by female Dutch Master chef Angélique Schmeinck.
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 using for instance a rolling pin, a broom handle, cups, cones….


Jenny said...

I love the chocolate edging on these, so beautiful with the berries and cream!

Lisa Michelle said...

Chocolate or no chocolate, I'd take them any way! It looks like a gourmet strawberry chocolate taco! Gprgeous as well as decadent!

Dharm said...

I served them with Strawberries and cream too but sans the choc at the side! Great job on this challenge!

Natalie said...

gorgeous! I never thought about dipping them in chocolate....hmmm... :)

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! I just had a baby in November and I know how pregnancy affects food blogging. Lol.

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate it.