Thursday, January 29, 2009

Twirling a Tuile with Daring Baker's

I don't know about you guys but I've discovered that as I grow older, time really flies for me. It's like a year is never enough to do the things that I want to do and before I know it, whooz another year has passed. We'll now in 2009, oh my gosh! Also I never get down to penning any new year resolutions and have never done so in my life. Not sure why but I just take things as they come along. However there is one thing I will be doing this year for sure and that's to put in some travel time .... didn't do any last year, so this year is a definite MUST!

Another year has also passed for the Daring Bakers group. And after a month of hectic baking for most of us due to the Christmas holidays, our hosts for this month are certainly being kind (read on and you'll know what I mean). This January's challenge is being hosted by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte. Both ladies are passionate bread bakers, so we were expecting something with yeast. But no, it's something totally unexpected - they have come up with a tuile challenge!

Again this recipe is something new to me and I had to search out the word "tuile" before nodding my head and saying "hmmm, so this is what it looks like". I've probably had it as a garnish to desserts without even thinking much about it. Both Karen and Zorra gave us a lot of leeway with this recipe - we just need to make the tuiles and add an accompaniment to it. It's a way to show each baker's creativity, which is what I like so much about this Group. Traditionally, tuiles are thin, crisp almond cookies that are gently molded over a rolling pin or arched form while they are still warm. Once set, their shape resembles the curved French roofing tiles for which they're named. (If you do a search in google for "tuiles", what will pop up would be a combination of cookie and roof tiles - this is something I recently discovered). For this month's challenge, Karen and Zorra have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.




I decided on a basic tuile recipe and came up with a few variations of it. The first was Lemon Scented Tuiles, the second was Pistachio Vanilla Tuiles and the last one was 5-Spice Sesame Tuiles. To create the different tuile shapes I used a disposable plastic party plate, cut out the centre and drew the shapes directly on it. The tuile batter was then thinly spread over the cut outs, the template lifted and the battered shape will be imprinted onto the silicon paper. For the lemon scented tuiles, I created flame shapes and used the tuiles to decorate the sides of a strawberry mousse cake that I had made. The pistachio vanilla tuiles were shaped like potato chips and were sandwiched with fresh cream and pomegranate. And finally a 5-Spice Sesame Tuiles which were shaped into Chinese soup spoons - these was accompanied with either spicy tuna with capers or a mushroom ragoo.

Basic Tuiles Recipe
Yields about thirty 6 cm circles

Ingredients:

65g unsalted softened butter (not melted but soft)
60g sifted icing sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (or you could use any other flavouring of your choice)
2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
65g sifted all purpose flour
Silicon sheet to line baking trays (if using parchment, lightly grease the paper)

Method:

1) Preheat your oven to 180C.

2) Using a hand whisk or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (low speed), 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 not to overmix the batter. (You can substitute the vanilla sugar with any other flavouring of your choice such as orange zest with s tsp of orange extract, coffee essence or extract, nutmeg, all spice, etc)

3) 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).

4) Line a baking sheet with silicon paper (or grease with either butter/spray and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes). In the meantime, using a disposable plastic plate (or any type of plastic that is firm) cut out the bottom and draw your shapes directly onto the plastic. Using a pair of scissors out the shape so that you will have a template.

5) Press the stencil on the baking sheet and use an off sided spatula to spread batter thinly covering the cut out shape. Leave some room in between the shapes to ensure for spreading of the batter.

6) Bake the tuiles 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.






49 comments:

Aparna said...

These look gorgeous. Its difficult to pick a favourite really, but I think I liked the crown shaped dessert the best.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Everything looks soooo delicious! I love your beautiful creations! Very well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

Baking Soda said...

Lovely, just lovely! The spoons are a great idea!

Passionate About Baking said...

BRILLIANT Jo...absoltuely gorgeous. I love each of them & how you paired them too. Cant choose a afve but I'd like to get to the bottom of that mousse? Did you make it from scratch? You've done a WOW job!!

Dharm said...

Oh Wow! These are just super. I particularly like the spoon shaped ones and also the tuiles at the side of the cake. Superb!

Sandra Avital said...

oh, what a wonderful idea: I love your flame tuiles: very creative! But I must admit that your 5-spices sesame spoons especially with the fillings you choose are mouth-watering!

Zita said...

Love the super cute spoon tuiles :)

Maggie said...

They all look beautiful! I really like the look of the mushroom filled one. It would make a great hor d'oeurve.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your tuiles look fabulous and it was a brilliant idea to decorate the sides of your mousse cake! I think I may need to borrow that one. :)

Olga said...

I love all the different ideas you provided! And I see you also made spoons ;) Great mind think alike.

Meryl said...

Absolutely lovely! I'm loving all the spoons I've seen--such a creative idea!

Navita said...

WOW Jo these look gorgeous...I love what all u did with the tuile...amazing!

First time here and m adding you to my blog roll.

Am so glad I stumbled here. You have a great place and would absolutely love to entertain you at my lil place sometime. :)


P.S. Guess what I am visiting your city on 6th Feb...am awaiting all the fun there. :)

vibi said...

Oh! My... the cake is out of this world, sooo, soooo precious!
I'm keeping this great idea of yours, somewhere in one of my head drawers... to reproduce when the time is right! WOW! I'm floored!

Michelle said...

Everything looks wonderful!

strawberriesinparis said...

Your tuiles are fantastic! Love the cake surrounded in them!

Sara said...

Wow, all your variations are so pretty! The tuile-lined cake is especially impressive, and it looks really yummy!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

I love your flavor combinations! They all look delicious. Wonderful job.

SugarEd Productions said...

Stunning! I am in awe.

Elra said...

My gooness, those are beutiful creation, very creative indeed.
You did very well.
Cheers,
Elra

Ivana said...

Fantastic!! A very good idea!! i'll do it!

Ingrid said...

Marvelous job! Everything looks fabulous! I'm not sure what I'd like to try first, the mushroom ragout on a "spoon" or a piece of your tuile flame mousse cake!!!
~ingrid

Nikita's Mom said...

i like them all!!! okay... my favorite is the spoon. Awesome!

Julie said...

It all looks delicious, especially pistachio vanilla! And I agree, time has seemed to fly by more quickly the older I've gotten. It's like I wake up, blur, go to work, blur, go to sleep, rinse and repeat. I'm glad we find time for baking, though!

Lisa Michelle said...

Oh my god, your crown tuiles and spoons are perfect! What an awesome job!

Tara said...

That cake. Its gorgeous! You went all out! Love it!

Cakelaw said...

How gorgeous!! ement with the pistachio vanilla tuiles, and of course, the flavour combination sounds devine.

Snooky doodle said...

WOW awesome. I like all variations of these tuiles but my favourite is the dessert :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I love the crown like cake! The spoons are really cute too!

pigpigscorner said...

THe crown cake looks amazing!! Love how you used the tuile!

Heather B said...

Wow...your tuiles are gorgeous! Great job!

A little about me ... said...

Jo, love your creativity. Awesome.

Dragon said...

Your tuiles look amazing! Great job on this month's challenge.

chef_d said...

I like the way you decorated the sides of your strawberry mousse cake with the tuiles!

Ramya Kiran said...

Jo, its just lovely. I've no words for your tuiles..
Great job!!

Marija said...

I love the idea of wrapping the dessert in tuiles! Very cute!

MaryMary said...

The spoons, the cake--all such creative genius! Love it!

madcap said...

GORGEOUS!! Oh my, the cake is beautiful, and those savoury spoons!! LOVE it.

Thip said...

Oh wow! what a fancy way to use the tuiles, Jo. :)

BitterSweet said...

Fantastic job- I love how you used your tuiles to decorate a cake!

Natashya said...

So pretty! I love your creative shapes!

Zoe Francois said...

These are gorgeous, both the sweet and savory. I'm not sure where I would start!

Chez Denise et Laudalino said...

Want a fantastic idea Sesame tuiles with an Asian fusion ... Love it!

Eat4Fun said...

Very nice results, shapes and flavors. Your three types of tuiles and accompaniments look delicious.

zorra said...

Wow, very creative! Stunning tuiles variation. Well done!

Esi said...

Wow! You did lots of variations and they all look great. nice job!

Kitchen Goddess said...

What an amazing job you did, everything looks gorgeous.

Jo said...

Hi everyone, I would like to thank each of you for dropping by and leaving me your comments. Your notes have given me inspiration to be a better "Daring Baker".

Vera said...

Beautiful tuiles, Jo! Gorgeous presentation! This mousse cake must be delicious!

kk said...

Wow!! i love your tuiles..especially the ones in the shape of the soup spoon. so clever!! well done!

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