Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuiles - Daring Bakers


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 a fun and light challenge - just as well after the December French Yule Log which quite wore me out! I was a lazy artist as far as making templates of tuiles went - I bought mine from Kerekes in Brooklyn, aka "Paradise." They had all sorts of wonderful tuile templates lined up in boxes against the counter wall and I actually bought not one, but four.

The two I picked for the Challenge were the butterfly and the large flower. The recipe was easy and I applied the dough with an offset spatula onto the tuile shapes. I was as happy as a kid doing arts and crafts class. After baking, the tuiles were easy to mold - I used my rolling pin. Then the most exciting part of all - brushing on petal dust; now I really felt like a kid again - it was most enjoyable.

Oh dear, oh dear, though, I chose to make a blancmange for the dessert part and picked a recipe for a plain simple vanilla blancmange from somewhere on the web - it really turned out so dull and boring. Oh well, as least it served as a backdrop. I also tried raspberry coulis, but it turned out more like a blob of raspberry jam. I think if I had served this dessert to anyone but myself that person would have kept the tuiles for a decoration and sent the rest back to the kitchen. But that doesn't really matter; it was all about tuiles wasn't it?

Thank you Karen and Zorra for this delightful challenge; I will be using my tuile templates again for sure.

17 comments:

Lael said...

how cute! As an artist, I think I would have quite enjoyed this challenge too. Too bad your raspberry coulis didn't turn out...it sure looks good!

Teanna said...

Oh WOW those are gorgeous! Butterflies tuilles! I've never seen anything like it! That is amazing!

vibi said...

I wish I could see more of them, for they seem like they could very well be, some of my favorites!
I love how you thought of coloring them... almost looks like an impressionnism canevas by Monet!
Divine!

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pinkstripes said...

I love your tuile flowers; they look great!

Tammy said...

wow, they look amazing! even if you thought your blancmange is plain and boring (whcih I am sure it wasnt) your tuiles are gorgeous!

marye said...

Your tuiles are so pretty. I love the color -- looks almost like they are watercolored.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What pretty and delicate looking butterflies/flower! Your Blancmanger is perfect. A wonderful combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

Marianevans said...

So pretty! I'm sure the blancmange was fine :)

Engineer Baker said...

I've never tried blancmange, so I'm curious about that. Your tuiles look beautiful!

AmyRuth said...

How lucky you are to have resources so close by. You made a beautiful presentation!
AmyRuth

Shellyfish said...

These look just beautiful - great job!

Rosie said...

Those are really gorgeous!! Well done!

Rosie x

Maria said...

Hi Sherry

Your butterflies tuilles are beautiful!!

Maria
x

Dragon said...

Your butterflies are so lovely. Great job with this month's challenge. :)

Jaime said...

your butterflies are so beautiful! much more graceful looking than mine

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