Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daring Bakers - Tuiles

This month's challenge is brought to us by Karen of Baking Soda 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.

Karen and Zorra asked us to choose one of the batters given, shape it, and pair it with something light.

I made the plain tuile recipe, and used it to make flower shaped tuiles and fortune cookies.

I paired the flower shaped tuiles with a passionfruit and white chocolate mousse with raspberries from Nigella Lawson's Forever Summer:

To make this mousse, refer the recipe here. You end up with fluffy white chocolate mousse on the top, and raspberries in a kind of passionfruit syrup underneath.

When eating the mousse, I scooped it into the tuiles, like a little boat. It was a delicious combination.

I paired the fortune cookies with a beef and lemongrass stir fry from Janelle Bloom's Fast, Fresh and Fabulous:

To make this stir fry, you will need:

600g beef strips
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1 finely chopped stick lemongrass, white part only
2 crushed cloves of garlic
1/2 cup cashew nuts
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon palm sugar (I used brown sugar)
juice of 1/2 a lime
150g snow peas (I left mine whole for texture, although Janelle recommends slicing them)
cooked jasmine rice to serve

I also added a chopped red capsicum for colour.

Place the beef strips in a bowl and toss with the first quantity of oil in the above list, lemongrass and garlic.

Put the cashews in a cold wok over high heat, and toast, then tip them onto a plate. Heat the wok over high heat, then once is is hot, add the second quantity of oil and use it to coat the wok. Cook the beef in the wok in 4 batches, then remove to a plate.

In a small bowl, stir together the fish sauce, sugar and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice. Place this mxture, the cooked beef, the snow peas (and capsicum, if using) and the toasted cashews in the hot wok, and stir fry for aorund a minute. Serve the meat over cooked rice.

Because the tuile recipe is for a sweet batter, the fortune cookies made out of it were rather odd with the stir fry, but no matter - they were fun to make.

Thanks to Karen and Zorra for hosting this month's Daring Bakers' challenge. To check out what creative ideas other Daring Bakers had for their tuiles, go to the Daring Bakers blogroll.


Tammy said...

you were very creative with your tuiles! they look fabulous

Maria said...

The tuiles look fabulous!! Great job on this challenge!

Food.Baby said...

They look great! Very creative pairings too.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Great job Cakelaw! I like how you did 2 versions and that White choco and passionfruit mousse is delicious! :)

Baking Soda said...

Aww they look so sweet! Lovely job!

Anonymous said...

I love your flower-shaped tuiles. Very pretty!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Tammy - although the fortune cookies would be so much better in the savoury version.

Thanks Maria :)

Thanks Susan - I had some fun with this.

Thanks Lorraine. the mousse was very good - I am glad that I only made a third of the recipe, as I could eat it 'til the cows come home.

Thanks Karen, and thanks for co-hosting this month.

Thanks Pinkstripes :)

Engineer Baker said...

Those flowers are so pretty! And that mousse sounds wonderful - what a nice pairing!

Passionate About Baking said...

Absolutely WOW! I love the summery mousse & the flowers, & am totally envious of the savoury version. Well done! What a great challenge!

Sara said...

These look great - the flower tuiles are so creative!

Y said...

How cool! I love both your tuiles! The flowers look like lillies floating in a pond of mousse :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What pretty tuiles! You did a great job!



Foodie Froggy said...

Lovely tuiles and your mousse seems to die for !

Jo said...

Love your flower shaped tuiles. Great job!

zorra said...

Lovely flowers and what a great idea to make fortune cookies!

natalia said...

I love what you did ! I want to make fortune cookies too, did you use the same recipe ?

Gretchen Noelle said...

Love the creative shapes!

Anonymous said...

I love the flowers!

adele said...

Marvellous! I love the idea of making fortune cookies - you can write your own funny fortunes.

"Help! I'm trapped in a fortune cookie factory!"

The Blonde Duck said...

Gorgeous, as always!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Caitlin - couldn't resist a chocolate mousse opportunity!

Hi Deeba - agreed, it was a great challenge. So much room for variety and not particularly time consuming.

Thanks Sara!

Hi Y, I had exactly the same thought when I looked at the photos.

Thanks Rosa :)

Foof Froggy, you gotta try the mousse - as with most things Nigella, it is very moorish.

Thanks Jo.

Hi Zorra, I thought of this staright away - and then had to laugh when one of the first posts on the forum was fortune cookies.

Hi Natalia, I did use the same recipe, but because the cookies were sweet, it was an odd pairing with the savoury. I recommend giving the svaoury version a go for fortune cookies, if you make them.

Thanks Gretchen :)

Hi Strawberries, they're my favourite too.

LOL Adele - I cheated and printed them off a website which had pre-formatted fortune cookie sayings.

Thanks Duckie!

Dana McCauley said...

Very ambitious! Nice work on both kinds of tuile!

TeaLady said...

Cute tuiles. Love them 'floating' in the martini glass.

Ivy said...

So many interesting variations from the Daring Bakers this month and yours look great and very creative.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Dana - this was a fun challenge.

LOL TeaLady - they are my favourite too.

Thanks Ivy.

Maggie said...

Great job! I love the way the flowers are floating on the mousse.

Mary said...

Your tuiles are so pretty and delicious looking!

Linda said...

Oh, I so much wanted to try fortune cookies, but thought I might be asking for trouble. Seemed like a complicated fold! Yours turned out wonderful!

Rosie said...

You done a great job here yourtuiles are so pretty cakelaw!

Rosie x