Thursday, January 29, 2009

January DB Challenge: Tuiles


Have I mentioned how much the boyfriend loves cannoli? Because dear lord, does that boy love cannoli. Fresh, storebought, frozen, any way he can get them. I, on the other hand, had never had a cannoli before meeting him. And boy, did I not know what I was missing. Crunchy shell, creamy filling, bits of chocolate or pistachio... Those Italians know what they're doing with desserts.

So when I found out that the Daring Baker challenge for the month was tuiles (sweet! savory! cheesy! nougat-y!), I only had one idea - cannoli. Now, that required some jury rigging, because I was not buying cannoli forms in order to shape the shells. Enter: an empty paper towel core. I cut off a 3 inch section, cut it in half lengthwise (so you have two, well, yule log shaped pieces of cardboard), and rolled up one of the halves so that the diameter was around 3/4". A bit of strong packing tape wrapped around the whole thing keeps it in shape and keeps the tuiles from sticking while forming them. The tuiles were spread out using a 2 1/2" stencil that I cut out of cardboard from a cereal box.


Technical things aside, these were amazing. I only made the sweet tuiles, but they were just too good - crunchy, slightly sweet, and scented with almond because I used almond extract instead of vanilla extract. Filled with a mixture of ricotta, powdered sugar, a dash of vanilla, and a generous sprinkling of mini chocolate chips, they definitely didn't last long. As in, I had one, and the boyfriend had the rest. In about 3 minutes.

I'd say that was a success, wouldn't you? Thank you Zorra and Karen for picking such a fantastic recipe! Even though it wasn't the bread I was hoping for :)


The red tape: 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 Angelique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

40 comments:

pinkstripes said...

I love that you made canoli. They look very delicious.

Cristine said...

How cute! They look fantastic. No wonder they didn't last long!

Judy said...

Save some for me! They look beautiful and sound delicious.

Elra said...

I can imagine your boyfriend eat so many of your delicious creation.
Cheers,
Elra

Baking Soda said...

Canoli.. I like! A lot! They look great, thanks for the tutorial on canoli shapes on behalf of my kids and my scale hehe.

NQN said...

Oh fantastic idea to make cannoli! I love the little flowers at the ends too. Bravo!

Di said...

Those look terrific! I'll have to try the cereal box as template trick--I was thinking I didn't have any thin cardboard around here, but I definitely have some of those. =)

strawberriesinparis said...

Delicious cannoli! And nice touch with the chocolate chips, very authentic!

vibi said...

Very creative, Caitlin!
Unfried canolis! hummm... daintier and healthier!
How you must have had a ball making those... almost engineering in itself! The techniques, the timming, the fragility...
Very well done!

natalia said...

Ciao ! The cannoli look (and tasted) great !!

Nemmie said...

Yay, cannolis! Your boyfriend has great taste :)

They look fantastic - great job!

Maria said...

I love what you did with the tuiles! Canoli is oh so good!! What a wonderful dessert!

leanne said...

Those were most definately a success. They look perfect.

Jen Yu said...

I love your super-clever solution for NOT buying forms! Don't you just love engineers? (yes!!). I think they came out perfectly. They are gorgeous.

Tammy said...

they look so cute. I will have to try that!

Snooky doodle said...

great idea! I would eat at least six of these. perfect!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Such a cute take on cannoli! I bet the boyfriend loved them!

Erin said...

I love what you did with this! It looks great!

Heather B said...

I love the canoli! Great job!

Jacque said...

Oooh, a completed challenge and girlfriend bonus points to boot!

Your canoli are perfect :)

Charlene M said...

How did we make it through college without the canoli experience? I too tried them because of a boy! How fun!

Anyway, this is prob a silly question, but how long do they last for after you make them? Does it have to be a same day experience?

marye said...

Your cannoli looks so elegant -- especially on that board, the presentation is very nice. Great job!

rainbowbrown said...

I so totally want to try that. Sounds like a lot of fun having a boyfriend who likes cannoli so much. Mine just likes peanut butter cookies.

TeaLady said...

Yeah, I was going for the cannoli look, but it didn't quite work out that way. Yours, on the other hand, look wonderful. Minis???

Gabe's Girl said...

You are amazing! I am having a lot of fun seeing the DB's creations. Wonderful. I love canoli.

spatulascorkscrews said...

Holy Cannoli! What a great idea!

Natashya said...

Great little cannolis! So very cute, you and I were on the same wavelength this month. Love the ricotta, great idea.

Mary said...

I love canoli too..I had a job at a trendy italian restaurant in high school and college and I used to eat and HUGE pasta bowl of canoli cream at the end of every night's....it was sweet canoli cream with tiny bits of cherries and dark chocolates. I can still remember the EXACT taste. It was a good thing I was only twenty and had the metabolism of a football player back then! Ah...canolis..great post.

Tartelette said...

Hooray for improv in the kitchen!! It paid off, these turned out fantastic!

bittersweetblog said...

Yum, what a tasty use for the tuiles! They look great too.

Chris said...

The blending of cultures....French canolis! Fabulous!

Liliana said...

I love cannoli too! What a great idea you had. They look so delicious I could eat them all.

Great job!

linda said...

Clever use of an empty paper towel core! Your cannoli look pretty and delicious!

Vera said...

Who doesn't like cannoli, Caitlin?!
Great looking tuiles, fabulous idea!

creampuff said...

They look exactly like cannoli! Nicely done!

Jaime said...

i wanted to make cannolis too!!! but i ran out of time :( yours look fab!

gine said...

These looks superdelicious :-)!

gine from www.dolcifelici.de/blog

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Canoli in paper towel rolls! Yes, that's excellent. Glad you got one!

Tracey said...

Those look amazing. I'm so impressed with your engineering of the materials :)

Diana said...

Mmmmm, those look so good. I actually don't think I've ever had canoli. Maybe I'll have to make some.