Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daring Bakers January: Tuiles!

I'm officially a Daring Baker!! I've been meaning to join for awhile, and I thought January (new year, etc etc) was the perfect time.

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.

I was excited when I saw that it was tuiles, as I'd always meant to try making those and never got around to it. Plus, I loved the idea of pairing it with something. I have to say January was a busy month, so I eased myself into the challenges and just kept it simple.

I made an "Escape from Winter" theme dessert. Once the holidays are over, I pretty much have no use for winter. January-March just drags on, and already all I can think about is summer. It doesn't help that I work right near the beach, but it's too cold to sit on the boardwalk during lunch! So I transferred my longing for summer onto a dessert. I made classic tuiles in the tuile shape, using the cocoa powder to stripe where the bend is (not sure if you can tell from that picture though). I paired the tuiles with Strawberry Margarita sorbet, a recipe I got from The Man, aka Mark Bittman from the New York Times. I love Mark Bittman, and like many of the recipes he provides, this one was foolproof.

The recipe for the sorbet as I made it is as follows:
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/4 cup sugar (more or less)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 tbsp tequila (you can definitely taste the tequila, so make sure it's halfway decent- that's a mistake I made!)

Combine first four ingredients in a food processor. If necessary, add a little water to loosen it up. Blend until sorbet textur is reached. That's it. Seriously. It's the easiest thing ever. If you have a food processor you have no excuse not to try making this, I really think boiling water might take longer and be more effort!!
And just think of all the delicious variations to try- I plan on mixing up a blackberry lime, champagne, and mango margarita.


Nangil Girl said...

Classic tuiles!! Look great. Congratulations on completing the challenge

Nikita's Mom said...

love the "Escape from Winter"! unfortunately, i am stuck in winterland! awesome job and congratulations!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your tuiles look really pretty!



Renee said...

Congratulations on your first challenge! Your Tuiles look perfect.

Dragon said...

Welcome to Daring Bakers! Great job with this month's challenge.

Lauren said...

Ooo, your tuiles look beautiful! Great first challenge =D!

Jo said...

Welcome to DB and I must say that you have done a fantastic job in completing this challenge.

Jenny said...

Mine ended up being "escape from winter" themed too, and entirely not on purpose. Your tuiles look great, and a very happy welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Jenn said...

Can you make that for me sometime? I can't wait to become your official taste tester! Love you and your blog- and the shout out to MB!!!

Eat4Fun said...

Welcome and congrats on completing your first DB Challenge! I like your theme, "Escape from Winter". Very nice photo.