Thursday, January 29, 2009

My First Daring Baker's Challenge

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.

Tuiles are thin waffers , you can shape them desired, but you have to work quickly, as soon as they come out of the oven because they dry fast. For my first challenge I tried the butterflies , they looked very cute. Since I was baking a Double Chocolate Cake/Cup Cakes I thought the butterflies will be the best compliment on top of the Chocolate Ganache.

Tuiles - I

Angélique Schmeinck

Yields: 20 small butterflies/6 large (butterflies are just an example)
Preparation time batter 10 minutes,
waiting time 30 minutes, baking time: 5-10 minutes per batch
65 grams / ¼ cup / 2.3 ounces softened butter (not melted but soft)60 grams / ½ cup / 2.1 ounces sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar (7 grams or substitute with a dash of vanilla extract)2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
65 grams / 1/2 cup / 2.1/4 ounces sifted all purpose flour1 table spoon cocoa powder/or food coloring of choice
Butter/spray to grease baking sheet
Oven: 180C / 350F

Using a hand whisk or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (low speed) and cream butter, sugar and vanilla to a paste. Keep stirring while you gradually add the egg whites. Continue to add the flour in small batches and stir to achieve a homogeneous and smooth batter/paste. Be careful to not overmix.Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. (This batter will keep in the fridge for up to a week, take it out 30 minutes before you plan to use it).Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with either butter/spray and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. This will help spread the batter more easily if using a stencil/cardboard template such as the butterfly. Press the stencil on the bakingsheet and use an off sided spatula to spread batter. Leave some room in between your shapes. Mix a small part of the batter with the cocoa and a few drops of warm water until evenly colored. Use this colored batter in a paper piping bag and proceed to pipe decorations on the wings and body of the butterfly.
Bake butterflies in a preheated oven (180C/350F) for about 5-10 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Immediately release from bakingsheet and proceed to shape/bend the cookies in the desired shape. These cookies have to be shaped when still warm, you might want to bake a small amount at a time or maybe put them in the oven to warm them up again. (Haven’t tried that). Or: place a baking sheet toward the front of the warm oven, leaving the door half open. The warmth will keep the cookies malleable.Alternative Baking:Either un-glutenize the batter given substituting the flour for any nut meal or oat flour, or as an alternative use one of the following batters
Note: I prepared the above recipe and kept it in the fridge for three days, to prepare my templates, I was thinking of using a plastic cover as a templates, then I remembered that I bought couple of plastic cutting boards from the dollar store and never used them, they are thick enough to trace a template and better than a plastic cover and here are the results:

draw the design you like and then trace it with a marker

then use a sharp knife to cut it .

Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache


Nougatine Plate filled with Chocolate Ice cream and home made peach Compote
From Michel Roux: Finest Desserts

5 1/4 cups / 500 grams sliced almonds(or 4.1/3 cups/500 grams slivered almonds)
3.1/3 cups / 660 grams sugar
4 tbs / 60 grams butter (optional)
2 tbs oil (vegetable, sunflower, peanut)
Makes 2.3/4 lbs/1.2 kgs
(This is the yield of the recipe given in the book, feel free to downsize!)
Preparation time: 25 minutesPreheat oven: 180C/350F

Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until lightly browned. Cook the sugar in a heavy based saucepan over low heat, stirring gently and continuously with a spatula, until it melts to a light golden caramel. Add the almonds and stir over low heat for 1 minute, then stir in the butter until completely absorbed. (This is not essential, but will give the nougat an added sheen) Pour the Nougatine onto an oiled baking sheet.
Shaping: place a baking sheet toward the front of the warm oven, leaving the door half open. The warmth will keep the cookies malleable. Work with one piece at a time, of a size appropriate to the shape you want. Roll out each piece on a warm, lightly oiled baking sheet or lightly oiled marbled surface. It is essential to work quickly, since the Nougatine rapidly becomes brittle. Heat the Nougatine in a microwave oven for a few seconds only to soften it if needed.
Roll the Nougatine into the appropriate thickness for your desired shape, but never thicker than 1/8 inch or 3 mm. Quickly cut out your chosen shapes using cookie cutters, or the blade or heel of a chef’s knife. To mold the Nougatine, drape it very rapidly over the mold so that it follows the shape and contours. Leave until completely cold before removing from the mold.Or, cut out and using your fingers or a knife, push in to folds or pleats… use as a basket, twirl round a knitting needle..
Nougatine based shapes can be made two or three days in advance, Keep them in a very dry place and do not fill with something like a mousse more than 2 hours prior
to serving.

Note: I used half of the recipe, and I divided the caramel in half working very quickly before it sets , in one pot I added the nuts leaving the second pot without nuts, I spread the nuts on a silt pad sheet and poured the caramel on top, immediately i lifted the disks and dropped them over the back of round bowls to take the shape when set. see the above picture.

the pot without nuts was easier to shape and warm again.

when I warmed the first pot with the nuts it crumbled, and I had to use them for decoration over my desserts.

I made small disks of Nougatine and filled them with ice creams and fruits. the crumbled Nougatine I used them to decorate my desserts.


farida said...

Arlette, welcome to DB! NIce to have you among us:) You did a great job with your first challenge. Nice looking butterflies. I was a bit lazy and made simple scones using my hands:)

Arlette said...

Thank you Farida,
I am looking forward for more challenges to come!!!
You are very talented... I love your scones, I tried to do them by hand as well but they didnt come as good as yours.

zorra said...

Welcome to the DB! Wonderful butterflies and the nougtine looks sooo yummie!

Anne said...

I found the nougatine really hard to shape - when it was thin enough to be crispy, it easily fell apart. Oh well! Welcome, and good job on your first challenge! :)

Arlette said...

thank you very much Zorra, your blog has yummy photos as well, I wish I can read your language to enjoy the recipes as well!!!!!!!

Arlette said...

Hello Anne

yes the Nougatine recipe was not easy, this is why I prepared some adding the nuts to them, and had to rush and burn my fingers to drop it around a turned milk bowl.
the batch without the nuts was easier to handle and warm .
I love your Country and the Swedish people.
I worked with Scandianvian Airlines for over ten years. Part of me still in Scandinavia
Salute to every one there

Tartelette said...

Hi Arlette, welcome to the DB!
Thank you for stopping by! To answer your question, it is hard to tell what went wrong with your nougatine, not being in the kitchen with you, but a little cream added to the caramel can sometime help with the consistency overall and keep the batter from falling apart.

Dharm said...

Welcome to the DBs! This was a great challenge and you did a fantastic job!!

Arlette said...

Thank you very much Dharm.
I am sorry that it's taking me long to visit every DB blog. All of you have amazing blogs with lots of beautiful work, and I am proud of you all.

Eat4Fun said...

Congratulations on completing your first DB Challenge! Very nice tuile results and you tackled the nougatine too! WTG!

Arlette said...

Hello there,
and thank you very nice for your sweet words.