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Thursday, January 29, 2009

DB Challenge - January - Tuiles

I don't know why I procrastinate and then kick myself for doing so. It always happens that the DB challenge date is always around when I am super busy and I barely squeeze in the time to meet the challenge. Luckily this month's challenge were cookies, not something that takes all day to make. I had always wanted to try making tuiles, so I was quite happy with this month's challenge.

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.

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. The Dutch angle: traditionally this batter was used to bake flat round cookies on 31st December, representing the year unfold. On New Years day however, the same batter was used but this day they were presented to well-wishers shaped as cigars and filled with whipped cream, symbolizing the New Year that's about to roll on. And of course the batter is sometimes called tulip-paste....

There were several recipes for the batter, we were to choose one, shape it, and then pair it with something light. So I chose to shape it with a round cardboard stencil, and bend it to make a "bowl", put in a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some blackberries. We ate these for dessert tonight, and they were very good.

Making "bowls" were a little tricky, so half of the batch turned into cookies. Here's one with some valentine sprinkles on it.
Made another one with some sliced almonds.
Seeing that the batch looked like it wasn't going to make much, I doubled it and still only got about 16 cookies. I had a hard time spreading the batter over the stencil, it was a little frustrating. So I was telling myself, I doubt I'd be ever doing this again! And then David eats one and tells me this is THE BEST COOKIE I HAVE EVER MADE!!! Seriously?! I guess I'll have to re-visit this one someday...

1 comment:

TeaLady said...

Some of mine became cookies, also. Love your bowls of fruit and ice cream. Look great.