Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daring Bakers Numero Dos

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.

So let me start off by saying that I was really excited for this challenge!! We had to make Tuiles. These are crispy, thin cookies that you bend into really cool shapes while they’re still warm. These ladies managed to make beautiful butterfly cookies, but mine, didn’t work out that way. Not even close haha But they were VERY delicious and highly addictive… as most baked goodies are.

I made these before my RAW escapade so I definitely indulged on these ones. I used this recipe, but I replaced the butter with Earth Balance and eggs with flax meal.

Tuiles
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 / 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

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.
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 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. Bake butterflies in a preheated oven (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….
Before they went in the oven, they looked beautiful!! I made tons of different shapes and let my imagine run wild. I tie-dyed some of them for a psychedelic feel and put sprinkles on them so they’d be sparkly.

When I opened the oven, I wanted to cry!! They spread out everywhere!! I think it might have been because my baking sheets weren’t cold and they recommended refrigerating them before baking. I couldn’t get mine to fit in the fridge, so I just skipped that step. Probably not the best idea since none of my cookies remained in their shape!!
I was still able to shape some of them while they were still warm, but I ate a lot because I was angry haha They were really good and I just couldn’t help myself!! You know how that is, I’m sure. I want to try this again someday with really cold baking sheets.

The next part of the challenge was pairing the cookies with a fruit puree. I made a berry soup out of raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, pure maple syrup (more like pure sex), and coconut water. It was really tasty with the cookies, but I was too lazy to put it in a fancy bowl. I don’t do that kind of stuff when I’m hungry haha

But hey, all in all, they tasted awesome so I’m not gonna complain. After all, which is more important: taste or presentation??

And last but not least, who watched Top Chef?!?! How good was it??? I about died when Stefan said he was in love with Andrea. I laughed even harder when she creamed his ass in the challenge and got all the points. He’s such a cocky hornball, but I still love him. I wouldn’t say he’s my favorite because I honestly love everyone this season! They are all so likeable although Stefan’s probably the least likeable. Haha He’s just really flirty/seductive/has a hot accent and you know how I love guys with accents ; ) I do really like Jeff, though, and I'm sad he went home. He reminds me of the sexy, British doctor on House. So I guess today is like an ode to the sexy Top Chef contestants!!

31 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Those are pretty impressive tuiles, I must say! Really pretty colours!

aredcardigan said...

omg you are amazing u know that!!!!

my lil' baker with dread locks!

Jenn said...

Those are some fancy cookies! I got home from work late, so I'm watching top chef now.

Aparna said...

I guess they didn't turn quite as expected, but you win with your creativity.
MIne were quite a challenge too.:)

Vegetation said...

I baked cookies on a pizza tray once. Sadly they spread and out came a cookie pizza. It tasted good, but I understand the heartache!

The ones you reshaped look incredibly cute though!

foodfashionfun said...

haha awww, I think that you did a great job! It looks super challenging but what you made sounds soooo yummy!

ksgoodeats said...

I've never heard of tuiles! They still look pretty :)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

So cute! I love them!

Veggie Wedgie said...

Nice work!!

jessy said...

well i think your Tuiles were a success! holding shape or not - if they tasted awesome - that's all that matters! hells yeah, girlie! :)

oooooh - i love Top Chef - and Stefan = my fav! he's a jerk and an ego-maniac, but for some reason i love that man! (maybe it's his accent! ahahahaha - i love a man with an accent too, Joanna!)

Kelly said...

Mmmmm. You're making me hungry.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Beautiful tuiles!

Michelle said...

Wow some of them look like stained glass!

TeaLady said...

Pretty tuiles.

River said...

Aww, but they're so pretty with their little sprinkles all over! Don't pout, Edward is going to come and make it all better!

That must have been a lot of work, and as long as they tasted great that's all that really matters, right?

aredcardigan said...

heheh mrs cullen when are u gonna be on wordpress too? join us and be triplets!

hope all is well with u cool hand jo!

Katrina said...

Haven't been by here for a few weeks (sorry!), but great job on the Daring Bakers. You're more daring than me! You are a hoot and I think you're great, Jo!

Diana said...

I love all your colors! I just played with a couple but really had fun smearing the different colors around.

Joie de vivre said...

:( Sorry they spread. The colors are still beautiful.

Bethany said...

those are such colorful cookies, very beautiful. I've made them before, but they didn't have any color.

I love the pic where you're just spacing out looking at them :)

Sweet Tooth said...

I do not believe that the spreading was due to warmer sheet trays. I would rather think that the ingredients that were exchanged (flax meal and the Earth balance) contributed to that. Yes, if the trays come out of the oven they could spread, but they would do this right away and not just in the oven.

As far as I understood the instructions it said to chill the trays in case you butter and flour them (i.e. no parchment).

Just my 2 cents...

Michele said...

Mine ran in the oven, too... it was so disappointing! But you know what? I think yours look fantastic....... so colorful and creative. And what a great pairing. I'm sure they tasted fabulous and that's all that counts to me!

Agnesss =) said...

HEY HEY MY DEAR JO!!!!! =)))

I'm BACK NOW!!!!! Hope you got my email!!!!! Hope you'll forgive me
=(!!!!!

Well,well!! Impressive cookies!! They look AMAZZZING!! ANd must have tasted interesting!!

Jo,KEEP THE RAW WAY!! =D

I'm waiting for your answer!!

BIG HUGGGS!!

miss v said...

those are awesome! they look like shrinky dinks!

ice tea: sugar high said...

such pretty colours. Well done!

For the Love of Guava said...

Jo those look great! I'll have to try to make some dessert tacos with those!

Organic Baby said...

wow! i very much like the look of it. I bet kids love to have some of this.

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