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.
We had several options for how to treat this challenge. We could make a traditional tuile — a French almond cookie shaped over a rolling pin to resemble the roof tile for which it is named. We could also make a chocolate cookie version, or a chocolate version that is more like a candy, made of just melted dark chocolate and ground almonds. We needed to choose one of these batters, shape it, and then serve it with “something light.”
I’ve made one version of tuiles on the site previously, which I shaped as cups to serve ice cream. This month, I ran out of time to try one of the true cookie versions of the tuiles, so I decided to go with the simpler chocolate version — just melt some chocolate, mix in some ground almonds, pipe into the desired shape, and then lay over a rolling pin to curl. Inspired by Karen, I thought I’d make them butterfly shaped. I didn’t have the materials to make a stencil like she did, but I thought a butterfly was simple enough I could freehand it. Boy was that a bad idea! Because of the almonds, the batter is a little thick, making it hard for me to pipe or spread it evenly, and I’m not very well-practiced at piping anyway. My plan was to make a butterfly, then let it cool kind of wedged between two glasses so that it’s wings curled up. Well, the few times I could actually get something shaped sort of like a butterfly, I messed it up while I was trying to curl it. In the end, I decided to just make round tuiles and shape them over a rolling pin. They weren’t as pretty as I hoped, but they still tasted good. Hopefully, soon I’ll have some more time and will get a chance to try making some stencils and trying some of the many elegant ways of shaping tuile cookies.
For my “something light” to serve them with, I combined two recipes from La Tartine Gourmande to make a raspberry mousse. This was delicious with the dark chocolate, and definitely something I will try to make again. (Don’t worry, I used frozen raspberries so as not to pay $10 for a half-pint of out of season, low on flavor berries!) I think it was actually relatively light in fat, and it definitely tasted appropriately light (but still delicious!) for cutting back in January!
Before I share the recipes, I must remind you — check out what the other Daring Bakers have been up to this month. And thanks again to our hosts, Karen and Zorra!