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 and Savory Tuiles from Thomas Keller.
I am going to start this off by saying this was the hardest Daring Baker’s Challenge I have done and you would never guess it by how they look, would ya? When I saw the challenge listed I was pretty excited to try these out as I had seen Helen (Tartlette) add them to her Opera Cake , and I love snacking on them when I do buy them … so light and delicate. I had visions of chocolate tuiles with a cup of espresso. I also had visions of making them into fortune cookies for Chinese New Year. Then I read through rest of the challenge and saw that I could also make savory ones and the recipe was from Thomas Keller which was no brain-er for me especially since I have never made any of his recipes and I have not had the honor of dining there – YET!
Basically, you make the batter (which is very easy, flour, egg whites, butter, salt & sugar), spread it on a pan using whatever stencil shape you desire, bake and then shape. Well, I tried making them into cute little snowflakes, but the cuteness of the shapes ran together. Then I decided to keep them as circles and then roll them into little cigarettes. Well, when your oven is 400 degrees, the items coming out of it are also pretty damn HOT! I was completely scared! Visions of third degree blisters all over my fingers were whirling through my mind. I tried cover my precious little finger tips with paper towels, but by the time I got them (and I only had to walk 3 feet, remember we have a 20 sq. ft kitchen), the tuiles were not hot enough. I ask you, my fellow Daring Bakers, how did you do it???? Our tuiles became cute little circles, whose edges gently flipped up.
We were suppose to pair it with something light or fruity, but I did not really think “savory” would go with what most would envision as being light and fruity. So I served them with our 4th Recession/Depression Dinner, a slightly spicy and light butternut squash soup. The slight sweetness and the saltiness of the Tuiles went really nicely with the spicy and smokey soup as well it gave it a bit of an elegant look.
Would I try this challenge again, most definitely, I just need to know how to prevent the burns, please anyone?? Please sure to check out all the other fabulous Daring Bakers, I am sure this will be a very creative challenge!
$ 8.21 for 4 servings. Dinner and lunch for the next day, as well, extra Tuiles for snacking.