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Light as a Feather, Crisp as a Tuile


Allowing us Daring Bakers a bit more time to recover from holiday excess, it was a brilliant scheme to propose a lighter, easier challenge. Instead of the typical novel of a recipe that rattles on for 18 or more pages, this one was quite simple, but allowed for plenty of creative freedom- Exactly what I crave.

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.

Like most DB challenges these days, I was at first miffed by the simplicity of those plain old tuiles, this boring and unexceptional cookie that could be easily made by newbie bakers. Instead of wasting time and getting in a huff though, I quickly moved on and made exactly what I would have wanted from the challenge. What else other than a plated dessert?

Believe it or not, this one required no veganization on my part, as Lolo had already concocted a perfect recipe for vegan tuiles, which I happily put to use. Going with the theme of “light and airy,” I sketched out a few shapes of little birds and then cut them out of cardboard to make my templates. Coloring the dough by using beet juice instead of water, plus just a tiny pinch of paprika, my love birds took flight in rosy shades of pink. A tiny dab of the batter mixed with cocoa created their eyes.

Perched upon spun sugar nests, these crispy feathered cookies were quite an adorable pair, and I could have easily stopped there. But no, I had my heart set on a composed plate of different flavors and textures. Starting from the bottom up, rounds of fluffy chocolate cake were topped with pistachio mousse, making for a rich, creamy base to contrast nicely with the wafer-thin tuiles. Surrounded by a simple coconut foam, each bite was a little bit different, but all were satisfying to both my sweet tooth and my inner pastry chef.

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

109 thoughts on “Light as a Feather, Crisp as a Tuile

  1. OMG. Gorgeous, creative, and TOO cute! I would squeal with delight if I were ever served that! Well done!

  2. How cute. your tuiles are really original and nice :)

  3. You have officially made my favorite shaped tuiles ever.

    I love them.

  4. Those are darling and so creative! Love the pink birdies :) BTW, we have the same WP theme. I thought I was commenting on my own post for a

  5. Just Gorgeous : Bravo !!! :-)

  6. ooooh, these are so cute! :) yum!

  7. Those are awesome! I think if I was served that I’d have a hard time eating it, just because it’s so cute I’d want to keep it. Great job!

  8. Oh, Hannah these are so precious! They’re so romantic and, more importantly, TASTY looking. I bet a treat like this would make Valentine’s Day tolerable for me.

    These challenges always turn out so impressively. Another great one!

  9. I love the little birdies…they are adorable! Great job with these.

  10. Hannah, these are so beautiful. Definitely a great start to the year.
    I used the same recipe though I’m afraid I didn’t have much success with this challenge.

  11. So nice, so cute, waouw ! Toujours, aussi beau, quel talent :)

  12. I love your bird shaped tuiles! They look lovely and the colour is nice too, you are so innovative Hannah!

  13. Wow! What a beautiful idea!

  14. Your birdy tuiles are really very cute !

  15. Incredibly elegant and fun! Really really lovely!
    (and thanks for the not-huffing hehe)

  16. Adorable! But too cute to eat!

  17. Oh they’re so cute! Almost too cute to eat!

  18. Your tuiles are just perfect: beautiful, yummy and so on … So sad not to be part of the challenge this month !

  19. woweee, your tuiles are stunning! what a great idea using paprika for coloring, I’ll definately try that next time!

  20. You’ve done a fantastic job. Love the dove shapes and the pairing as well. Beautiful.

  21. I’m BEYOND awestruck with this one – wowza!!

  22. That is adorable, and very creative.

  23. wow, these are the cutest tuiles I’ve ever seen! So creative! the whole plated dessert is gorgeous!

  24. This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen done with a dessert! The nest is perfect and you made not only the colors work together but the flavors too. Great job Hannah!

  25. What intrigues me most about that photo is the coconut foam.

  26. What a wonderful job you did on this challenge. Your dish worked out so well I’m impressed. The combination of flavours is very well thought out. I too also thought this was too simple a recipe BUT this was the most fun of all the challenges I have done. The tuiles taste so good and can be used for so many fillings this is one recipe I will be doing again and again. Great job!!!!!!

  27. oh my tuile-ly goodness!!

  28. what a cute idea! i love them

  29. So cute! I’m a sucker for anything with a bird on it!

  30. Totaly beautiful! What a creative idea… delicate as birds! WOW!

  31. What a beautiful plate Hannah! I love all of the elements… that pistachio mousse sounds delicious.

  32. Amazing! Great job challenging yourself!

  33. OMG these are so cuuuuteeee :-)! I totally love them :-)! Compliments :-)!

  34. Wow! These are amazing and creative. Did the flavor come out the way you wanted it to? I’m just curious if the beet juice made them sweeter than the water would.

  35. Absolutely gorgeous and so creative!

  36. You always amaze me! Absolutely beautiful. What is the yellow nesting made of?

  37. Well done!The birds look beautiful, stunning color!

  38. Oh, so pretty and delicate! What a delightful dessert!



  39. Gorgeous as always, m’dear! I see Valentine tuiles in my future :-)

  40. Ack! It’s DB posting day and I haven’t done my tuiles yet! I really need to get more organized.

    Anyhow, your tuiles are adorable. What an inspiration, you are! :)

  41. How beautiful! I would have been estatic with just the birds but of course I’m a newbie! :-)

  42. Very cute presentation! I love the sugar thread nest.

  43. This. Is. Adorable! Great Job!

  44. That is sooo cute! Not only is it adorable, it looks delicious. You rocked another challenge, sweetie. Perfection!

  45. I love these! The sugar nest is super cute!

  46. Awe, your tuiles are adorable! Love the bird and the colour!

  47. they’re so cute! you are always so creative, hannah.

  48. Adorable, and it looks delicious! The pistachio mousse sounds amazing!

  49. What beautiful little birds. Great job with the challenge!

  50. This so cute and colorful! Makes me think of spring…and warmth.

  51. Holy…..what the hell Hannah, how are you so freaking creative??? I love them, they are SO adorabale!

  52. wow! Gorgeous! I like your idea of using beet juice to make them pink. Brilliant!

  53. Hannah, those are beautiful!!!!!!!

  54. It’s almost too beautiful to eat!

  55. Those are so cute. What a great idea. They would make a perfect spring dessert! love it!

  56. I love the mama and baby birds! Great job!

  57. Those are amazing, Hannah! So so lovely.

  58. I really wish I could slowly savor/gobble that up right now. Not only does it look professional, it looks like it tastes amazing!

  59. super duper job! Two thumbs up. I love these little birds. They would make such a sweet valentines day treat.

  60. Great idea – I wish I’d had the good sense to make flat tuiles. It could have saved lots of time and heartache. (Not to mention money!) This is gorgeous and looks quite tasty!!

  61. You did a fabulous job! I love your very creative presentation.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  62. Oh my gosh! I LOVE the idea of that yummy little nest of pistachio and chocolate for those adorable little tuille birdies!

  63. OMG, they are truly amazing, so beautiful and the color is so soft. I really like it.
    You did very very well.

  64. The elegant little rose birds are adorable and the dessert looks truely 5 star. Amazing! =)

  65. Gorgeous, creative, and cute! Loved your blog ;o)

  66. These are so beautiful. I love how you always put your own spin on projects.

    Lovely pics, as always.

  67. Stunning, Hannah! Your love birds are absolutely adorable and the main part of the dessert sounds just wonderful. I wish I could taste it!

  68. These are stunning! Great job on this month’s challenge.

  69. Those birds are a great shape, I love them in the nest.

  70. Gorgeous tuiles Hannah! And the penguins from a couple posts ago are ADORABLE :)

  71. When I scrolled down and saw the pictures of your tuiles, I caught my breath. I could not believe how absolutely creative you were with this challenge. Wow. I am humbled.

  72. Once again, you’re so creative. Love the spun sugar nest and bird tuiles. Perfect for Spring, which should be coming sometime soon!

  73. It would certainly take a hardened heart to deny the cuteness and loveliness of your tuile creation!

  74. Too cute! Looks like you’ve already got the perfect dessert for Easter!

  75. Wow, absolutely brilliant, very well done!

  76. Everything you create is artwork!

  77. Very graceful, Hannah! Great work indeed.

  78. I love the stunning form of submission

  79. Those are really beautiful, you are very talented!

  80. fantastic…I love that they are on sugar spun nests!

  81. So adorable and whimsical! I just love them.

  82. super cute. I love the nest idea as well. I tried Lolo’s recipe and ruined it but I should have suspected as we cannot end my streak of first try failures :)

    Nice work! I looks delicious!

  83. Hannah these are so cute – and your plated dessert is gorgeous. I bet it was as delicious as it is elegant! Pistachio mousse…mmmm. And, I can’t tear my eyes away from that chocolate cake, it must have been great all together :)

  84. What do you use for surfaces and backgrounds in your pictures? It always looks FABULOUS, and perfectly compliments the food, and I’m dying to know!!

  85. Love your creation! The presentation is just gorgeous!

  86. Wow, that looks amazing! Just like a 5-star restaurant dessert, actually better than 5 stars! :-)

  87. Oh…so sweet! These are truly adorable. I also love the chocolate cake and pistachio mousse combination. I love everything! Beautiful job!

    You have a gorgeous space here!

  88. How wonderfully creative! Beautifully done!

  89. OMG!!!! these are the most creative tuiles ever! i love the birds nest.. so beautiful!

  90. Absolutely stunning, Hannah!

  91. Wow! I’m speechless. Stunning doves of peace!

  92. Beautiful little lovebirds! And great attitude – when you don’t find something challenging, make it challenging!

  93. Very creative, looks great!

  94. Oh my goodness, those are too cute! I have tuile envy!

  95. I don’t even know what to say. I’m so impressed with your creation! It’s really beautiful and creative.

  96. How creative both in looks, texture and taste!

  97. Beautiful and delicate, I like the pink tint.

  98. Ha! I thought my “zeal for tuiles” was clever, but that “Light as a Feather, Crisp as a Tuile” – talk about bringing back memories of late-night teenage goofiness. Would love to learn where you got that pistachio mousse recipe! Chocolate, pistachios and tuiles, yum, yum. Beautiful job!

  99. Hannah, it’s simply stunning!

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