Thursday, January 29, 2009

January 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge #26: something light... Tuiles – what could be lighter??

Well, I feel like we had complicate recipes for many months (and yes, I want to take a break ! Haha). Actually if the recipe of this month is the same length of last month (do you remember 12 page!) I will skip. But after seeing this month challenge, I feel so happy. This is one of my favorite cookies. I love the light and crunchy touch.

make this kind of cookie many times before, so it's not a challenge in the form of making something new. But every time that I try new recipe, It's my CHALLENGE too.

I just don't know what to pair with this cookie, actually I love it on its own, so sorry that I can't complete the challenge (the pairing part is here because me and my family finished them before I have a chance to pairing it, ^ ^)

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.

Following is a recipe taken from a book called “The Chocolate Book”, written by female Dutch Master chef Angélique Schmeinck.

January 2008 Daring Bakers Challenge #26: something light...

Tuiles – what could be lighter??

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, I use 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 (I use 8 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….

* I use the French bread pan.

January 2008 Daring Bakers Challenge #26: something light... Tuiles

– what could be lighter??


  1. I love those hearts...they're just so cute! :)

  2. how cute! these tuiles are so nice. Ideal for valentine :) Nice blog!

  3. Your tuile hearts look so nice! Wish I had some to snack on right now . .

  4. Oooh your hearts are so lovely! I like the dots, it looks like a little heart button up shirt.



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