Friday, December 6, 2013

FFWD - Almond-Orange Tuiles



Today's French Friday with Dorie is an "oh dear" moment.  No, not because of Blogger's penchant for rotating photos at ridiculous angles with no mechanism for reversing it.  It is because the recipe is Almond-Orange Tuiles - and things really did not go well.

I made a half batch using almond meal (misinterpreting "finely cut almonds" for almond meal).  Do not try this at home - the tuiles won't spread.  When I turned up the oven to see if that would make them spread, it burned the bottoms of them.  Into the trash they go!

On the next night, take two; that is when I read "finely chopped almonds" as "put almonds in a food processor and chop finely, but do not pulverise".  I also skipped the resting in the fridge part for the dough, thinking that this may actually have stopped batch one from spreading.

Success, in that the tuiles spread and resembled what they should have this time.  Followed by epic fail - the tuiles stuck to the egg lifter I used to get them off the trays, they fell off the rolling pin and tore, and those that did hang around never set - they were too soft and lost their shape immediately after leaving the rolling pin.

Don't get me wrong - these biscuits tasted good (what's not to like about nuts and butter) - but they just didn't do what they were supposed to for me.  I subbed OJ for lemon juice as I didn't want to waste a whole orange for a few tablespoons of juice.  However, they were too much of a pain in the behind for me, so never again.

To see if the other Doristas had better luck, visit the LYL section of the website.  

17 comments:

Caroline Taylor said...

Exactly, can't go wrong with nuts and butter!

yummychunklet said...

Sorry these didn't turn out right. I was wondering if I could use almond meal as well. Thanks for answering it for me! I think I'll chop my almond by hand to see how that goes.

Mardi Michels said...

If it's any comfort I had a bit of a *time* with these ones too :( I would make them again but would follow the directions this time haha!

Cher Rockwell said...

I think most of us struggled with this one. I had a rolling pin of shame :-)

Chloe and Sarah | Honey and Lulu said...

These tuiles look fantastic! I made some orange and rose water lace tuiles a little while ago and they were quite difficult!! My fingers were red-raw and a little worse for wear afterwards!
Have a lovely day,
Chloe & Sarah
www.honeyandlulu.blogspot.com.au

CQUEK said...

looks delicious and nice

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Tuiles are difficult! I remember a Daring Bakers challenge where we had to shape them. Lots of burnt fingers!

Kari said...

Oh dear, sorry these didn't work out! They sound nice but clearly have all sorts of problems to prevent the niceness coming through easily.

Liz Berg said...

Tasty, yes...worth the effort? Nope! On to next week...

Emily said...

But they do taste good! At least we can now cross this off the list! Onwards to..... liver!

Nana said...

This seemed to be a challenge for most. But, they were very tasty.

Kathy said...

I also had problems with this one! The recipe was fine but the pan definitely needed parchment paper or Pam! After throwing away two trays I took out the parchment paper and they came out great.
Gaye, could your weather in Australia, have had an effect on your tuiles? Dorie said that humidity will ruin these.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Kathy, possibly, as it has been humid here. But it may possibly just be the baker ...

The Caked Crusader said...

I've always shied away from making tuiles - they look like things that could go wrong! SOrry to hear you had such an annoying time with them (although they look pretty good to me!)

Betsy said...

I had disaster too. Too bad because the batter tasted good. Hope things go better the next time... (with the next recipe, I know you aren't making these again).

loavesandstitches said...

I agree that these were a pain. So sorry you didn't enjoy making this one!

Teresa said...

Yes, the taste was terrific, but the execution - not so much. I caught up on these last week and it did not go well for me, either.