Bakers Challenge for January: Tuiles

January 30, 2009

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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.  My daughter turned 8 this month, and I decided to make tuiles tiaras, perfect for my little drama queen.  I paired it with raspberry sorbet and the crisp cookie was a great hit among the 8 year old set.  By far the simplest and most inexpensive Daring Bakers Challenge I’ve participated in, it was was also enjoyed by everyone who tasted it.

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

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 /

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.

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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 (or tiara).

IMG_4530 by you.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….





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19 Responses to “Bakers Challenge for January: Tuiles”

  1. Francijn Says:

    A very nice idea, these tiara’s!

  2. JennyBakes Says:

    So cute, and perfect for a little princess party!

  3. The tiaras are brilliant! My daughter would love it – I’m definitely going to steal the idea for her birthday. Thanks.

  4. bonobocakes Says:

    I love these– so does my 4 year old– her birthday is next month, I am making tiara’s to top cup cakes! Beautiful job!

  5. lisamichele Says:

    GORGEOUS and so unique! Happy belated B-Day to your daughter, and I’m sure that made her happy! 🙂

  6. Sophie Says:

    So lovely and feminine! They would be the perfect treat at a party.

  7. Patricia Says:

    Love the crown idea! Good work.

  8. Dharm Says:

    Making tiaras was a wonderful idea!!

  9. ella Says:

    I knew yours would be darling.

  10. toontz Says:

    Little tiaras, how cute!

  11. Kasey Says:

    Those are cute, very creative!

  12. Celeste Says:

    Your tiaras are just adorable! What a fun idea!! You did an awesome job, and I bet your daughter loved them! 🙂

  13. What a lucky girl she was. This is one clever use for tuiles. Lovely photos. Great job on this challenge.

  14. Aparna Says:

    Perfect pink tuile crowns for an 8 year old princess.:)

  15. Diana Says:

    I love the tiaras! They are so cute. Perfect for a princess party.

  16. lisasdblog Says:

    Such a sweet idea for a little girl’s party! All the little princesses would love it! Very clever! Congrats!

  17. Sweet Tooth Says:

    Oh, what a great idea! I have two daughters and they would love these cookies! I always have to come up with princess stuff for them (even though I myself am not the biggest fan (understatement) – aargh), this will be something nice for an upcoming birthday for one of them.

    Thank you!

  18. michele Says:

    So clever! What a great idea to make tiara’s!

  19. asti Says:

    what an adorable little tiaras. Fit for a little princess =)

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