this is the final post of my 6-week cookie-a-day project, and I thought I would end with something that you do not find in the bakery very often. Tuiles are this, delicate cookies made from a batter instead of a dough. Shaped using a stencil, they offer endless possibilities. twist them into cigarettes, pinch one end of a circle shaped tuile to form a cone, or cornucopia. mold over a upside-down teacup to form a little bowl. or make a pile of fallen oak leaves, as I have here-perfect for garnishing a bowl of pumpkin ice cream to celebrate the arrival of autumn.
before I get into the nitty gritty of tuile making, I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you who have liked and reposted and tweeted and followed this blog. it’s been a delightful way to pass the quiet season at work. I hope you keep checking back-I intend to post at least a cookie a week, until the holiday season takes over my every waking moment. happy baking, and a cheerful, sweet end of summer to you all!
5 ounces of unsalted butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
preheat the oven to 375F this time
the batter could not be easier to put together!
Whisk together the egg whites and sugar until the whites have broken up. Add the flour and salt, then add the butter, cream, vanilla and whisk until its nice and uniform. Voile!
To make these you will need a Silpat Mat, two offset spatulas (you can get by with one but two make cookie baking life much easier) and a stencil. You can buy a stencil but its quite simple to make one. Using an exacto blade, cut out the shape you want into a thin piece of cardboard or plastic-just keep in mind that the thickness of the stencil will be the thickness of your tuile. A Plastic lid to a can of coffee is perfect. Which dates me because I still remember when coffee was sold in cans. You could also bake bread in them! But that’s for another blog post.
Place the stencil on the silpat-lined baking pan. Spoon a bit of batter into the center, and, using the off-set spatula, spread the batter evenly. Carefully lift up the stencil. Repeat.
Bake the cookies until they are a light golden brown. They bake VERY QUICKLY, so check on them every minute or so after the first five minutes.
As soon as you take the pan out of the oven, using the clean off-set spatula, run the blade of the spatula under the cookie. Immediately shape the cookie how you want it to appear-to make the twists in the oak leaves above I draped them over the handle of a wooden rolling pin. The cookies will harden as they cool. And this only takes a minute or two, so you need to work quickly. If any of the cookies harden on the pan before you have a chance to shape them, just pop them back into the oven for about 30 seconds to re-soften them.
The tuiles are very delicate, so put them store them someplace safe ;-) but not to worry-they are just as delicious broken as they are whole!