Orange Tuiles for the Daring bakers January challenge

by Sunita on January 29, 2009

The New Year begun and the first month has nearly come to an end. A lot of deadlines had to be met during the month, and that included the making and posting of the monthly Daring Bakers challenge.

This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake my day and Zorra of 1xumruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

A tuile is a type of very lightweight, dry, crisp cookie. These cookies come in a dizzying array of shapes, sizes, and flavors, but every style tends to be delectable. Tuiles are also incredibly versatile, and they can be used for everything from ice -  creamgarnishes to crusts for tiny, delicate tarts.In French, “tuile” means “tile,” and it is a reference to the shape of the classic tuile, which is typically allowed to bake and then molded around something like a dowel while it is still warm and pliable. When the cookie cools, it slips off the mold, and it looks like a tiny roof tile. In addition to using dowels as molds, people can utilize molds which will turn tuiles into little cups, flowers, and other shapes. Tuiles can also be made into cylinders which can be filled with a variety of substances.(source)

I had been wanting to try Tuiles for ages, so, when I heard about this challenge, I was on cloud nine and had great visions, and grand designs…I dreamed of all sorts of shapes and fillings.  All for nothing I must say. Well, not exactly nothing, for I did manage to make a few. But, considering the plans I had in mind, it was all like a lot of smoke without fire.

But enough of that, whatever few I made did taste nice. I followed the basic recipe, but, added an orangey touch to it.

I added some grated orange zest to the batter, which lent a wonderful citrusy flavour. I filled the finished tuiles with a simple orange, crasin, almond, yogurt and honey salad.

The shape was kept simple too…round and gently curved over the handle of a ladle. The result was this relatively light dessert, which did not make us feel guilty about indulging. Although not quite what I had in mind, the results were pleasant indeed, and I’m so sure of making these, many, many more times. For the original recipe, please refer here.

I did not have any problems with the baking as such. But, I was really amazed as to how quick everything needed to be done. The cookies tend to crisp quite quickly, so they need to be moulded when still warm out of the oven. I made just 3 at a time, and this worked out perfectly for me. The resulting tuiles were crisp and fragrant. as mentioned earlier, the filling that I chose helped to keep them that way…light and fragrant. I filled them and served immediately as they tended to turn soggy and lose their shape due to the nature of the filling, if filled in advance.

I did enjoy the challenge, and the best bit about is that one is literally spoilt for choice…shapes, fillings, flavours, there is so much scope for creativity. Yes, I am going to make them, again… very soon, I hope :-) Do check out all the daring tuiles of my fellow daring bakers.

My previous  Daring Baker challenges can be found here.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sara January 29, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Mmmm, these look really yummy! Great photos. :)


2 Shari January 30, 2009 at 12:40 am

I love your little tuiles filled with that fruit salad. Looks like a wonderful bite!


3 Dragon January 30, 2009 at 1:53 am

I love the addition of orange to these tuiles. Great job on this month’s challenge.


4 Mary January 30, 2009 at 2:23 am

Your tuiles look fabulous! And you are right–these are worth making again!


5 anudivya January 30, 2009 at 4:17 am

Aww! Such a beautiful picture, and they look like perfect one mouth serving….


6 Candice January 30, 2009 at 4:28 am

This was a great challenge for choice/baking freedom, huh? I love all things citrus, so I’ll have to try your variation some time.


7 JennyBakes January 30, 2009 at 5:02 am

Yum, I love the idea of tuiles as being little bites with crunchy salad.


8 Ivy January 30, 2009 at 6:33 am

So many interesting variations from the Daring Bakers this month — but yours look so crispy and I love the orange flavour you have added.


9 Aparna January 30, 2009 at 7:13 am

These are lovely, Sunita. Orange sounds great and the salad is really in keeping with the “light” theme.


10 Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella January 30, 2009 at 7:23 am

These look so delicious, great job with your tuiles! :D


11 Meeta January 30, 2009 at 7:25 am

gorgeous gorgeous! like you i am a citrus fan – i love the fruit salad pairing too! perfect!


12 Rosa January 30, 2009 at 7:25 am

What pretty tuiles! I love the flavoring and choice of filling! Delicious!




13 chef_d January 30, 2009 at 8:03 am

I love the salad you used as filling, I hope you dont mind–I’m going to copy the recipe :)


14 Raaga January 30, 2009 at 8:23 am

They look so nice.


15 snookydoodle January 30, 2009 at 9:28 am

great tuiles and nice filling :)


16 sushma January 30, 2009 at 9:36 am

Tuiles… never had this before.. looks yum.. u r an amazing baker girl..


17 Desmone007 January 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Looks delicious!


18 Asha January 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I know! How quickly Jan went by already!! Amazingly fast, thank God without much incidence for us here. Sunday would be a very nice start of Feb, for us! :) )

Orange Tuiles, sounds great and looks yum. Have a wonderful and warm weekend.


19 rachel January 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I sure would want to be served the flavour…..


20 Happy Cook January 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

It looks so beautiful and i am sure with the orange they were really refreshing.


21 Nicisme January 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I love the colours in that last photo, great presentation and delicious flavours!


22 Soma January 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Gorgeous Sunita. Lovely pictues & I love the use of orange. I love anything orange, it just refreshes the taste buds.


23 mandira January 30, 2009 at 9:32 pm

sunita, gorgeous pics! I want some of them now, wish I could pick them from your table :)


24 farida January 30, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Sunita, your tuiles look so nice and crispy. I bet they go great with orange. Yum!


25 Cody January 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I love orange and cranberry. What a beautiful salad!


26 Chez Us January 31, 2009 at 5:38 am

Sunita – you changed your site, it is wonderful! And you tuiles is equally wonderful, I love the “light” fruity filling. I am so inspiring to do this challenge over after seeing all of you beautiful postings!! I love orange zest….. adds so much life to a dish, sweet or savory!


27 Maggie January 31, 2009 at 3:11 pm

The light fruit salad looks wonderful in the tuile. Great idea!


28 sandeepa January 31, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I love the fruity filling and the tuille looks beautiful


29 arfi January 31, 2009 at 11:43 pm

i love filling with fruits, fresh fruits. these truly are amazing!!


30 Pavithra Kodical February 1, 2009 at 2:04 am

Wow looks yummy.. Nice click..


31 Margaret February 1, 2009 at 3:25 am

Great website. Beautiful Tuiles. Look yummy!!!


32 Purnima February 1, 2009 at 6:41 am

Sunita, wonderful! The hardwork reflects through ur pictures, a challenge well executed! Gorgeous snaps!


33 Susan February 1, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Tuiles certainly are tricky. Orange is a nice touch, Sunita. Very pretty pix.


34 Julie February 1, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Your photographs are lovely! Your salad and zest addition to the tuiles sounds delicious, too. I’m glad you were able to make time through your busy schedule for this challenge!


35 Sig February 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I love the shape, perfect to hold the filling and easy to stuff the mouth too :D Gorgeous pictures!


36 Sunita February 3, 2009 at 6:57 am


Thank you everyone, for your lovely and encouraging comments…I enjoyed making the tuiles a lot and as I said, can’t wait to make it again :-)

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