Thursday, January 29, 2009

DB 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 was probably the easiest challenge yet. But the object of the challenges is teach you something new, and this did.

Most people will probably be familiar with tuiles as the Pirouline cookies you get in tins at Trader Joes. The cookie dough is baked and then, while it is still warm, shaped. Piroulines are rolled into 'cigars' and are filled or dipped in chocolate.

For the challenge we could make any shapes we wanted and could choose between sweet or savory. Sweet tooth me, I chose sweet.

After making the batter you needed to make a stencil of the shape you chose. Then you spread the batter in a thin layer over the stencil to get the shape.

After it comes out of the oven you need to shape it while warm. The simplest thing is to lay it on a rolling pin as I did here or around a pen, which is what I did to get my 'cigars'. You can also shove them into a cup or muffin tin to get a bowl shape.

I found this to be an interesting challenge and certainly open to creativity. The batter recipe that I chose was OK. Standing alone it is pretty bland. I guess it's all about presentation. I may choose to do it again someday.
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