You’ll love my easy to follow Tuiles Recipe – wafer thin crispy perfection to top ice cream or desserts. Ideal to use up leftover egg whites ! This French tuile recipe includes instructions for Almond Tuiles, Chocolate Dipped Tuiles and Biscuit Curls.
Although you may think tuiles are difficult to make, in reality, the recipe is relatively straightforward. That said, if this is your first time making tuiles there are a few things to watch out for.
I recommend reading through this post or watching the video for hints and tips so your tuiles turn out first time.
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Tuiles are one of my favourite biscuits to have with a cup of coffee. So whenever I order a coffee at the local cafe on market day here in France, I’m looking forward to the biscuit as much as the coffee.
Speculoos biscuits are served and if I’m really lucky it’s a Speculoos tuile, whisper thin and delicately spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and cloves.
What Are Tuiles ?
Tuiles are ultra thin wafer biscuits or cookies, a French Classic served with coffee, ice cream or desserts. Tuiles (pronounced tweels) is a French word for tiles and it seems the curved shape of traditional French clay roof tiles is the origin of the name. (Don’t get OH started on regional pantile variations and slate.)
Whilst the traditional shape of this delicious wafer is curved, these crisp French wafers come in all shapes and sizes. The curved shape is made by placing the baked tuiles over a rolling pin as soon as they come out of the oven and leaving to harden.
Ingredients For Classic Tuiles
You only need 4 ingredients to make the basic tuile batter.
Whenever I make a recipe that only requires egg yolks, such as ice cream, a custard or a rich pastry I freeze the egg whites until I need them for a recipe that calls only for egg whites.
If you do freeze egg whites, make sure you label your container with the number of egg whites it contains. Alternatively, an egg white tends to be just the right volume to fill one spot of an ice cube tray.
Once frozen, you can transfer your “egg white cubes” to a bag within your freezer. Frozen egg whites will keep for up to a year and should be defrosted at room temperature before using.
To make almond tuiles add two or three drops of almond extract to the tuile recipe mix and scatter flaked almonds on top of each tuile before baking.
The basic tuile recipe can be adapted to your favourite flavours, for instance, the ever popular classic vanilla. My favourite remains Speculoos but cinnamon and ginger work equally well as stand alone flavours. Pumpkin pie spice mixes are another option for tuiles and Van Dotsch produce a really great Speculaas Spice Mix.
I love the nutty flavour of sesame. Simply sprinkle your tuiles with sesame seeds before baking.
Add a tropical flavour to your tuiles by sprinkling your tuiles with shredded coconut before baking. The perfect accompaniment to a mango or pineapple sorbet.
How To Make French Tuiles
Tuiles might look difficult to make but the batter couldn’t be easier and shaping is straightforward once you get the hang of it. You don’t need a mixer and as recipes go tuiles are hardly any work at all.
It’s a case of whisking the egg whites until slightly frothy before adding the sugar and whisking again to mix.
Add the flour and mix with your whisk.
Pour in the melted butter and give the batter a last stir or two with your whisk. You’re ready to go.
The mixture can be kept in the fridge for up to a week so you can make your batter in one go and then spread the baking over a couple of sessions.
You don’t need to buy a template (or make one from acetate sheet) to make tuiles as you can easily shape them by eye. OH made me a template from an ice cream tub lid using a hole saw to get the circular shape but you can just cut out the shape you want with a sharp craft knife or scissors.
Using a lined baking tray, drop a teaspoonful of the tuile batter into your template if using one or straight onto the lined tray if not. Ideally, line your baking tray with a silicone non-stick mat. Spread and flatten your batter with the back of a spoon.
If you don’t have a silicone mat you can use baking parchment but parchment does tend to move around as you flatten your shapes.
For me, my Vermell Flama mat is definitely the best silicone mat I’ve used and well worth buying. I use it all the time for many different recipes.
How To Bake
The secret is not to bake too many tuiles at once – only bake them in batches you can work with. I find six to a baking sheet easy to cope with and I tend to put two trays at a time in the oven.
When making tuiles for the very first time I recommend baking only one tray, especially if you plan to shape them.
Keep your eye on your oven, tuiles aren’t in the oven for very long and oven temperatures vary. As soon as the tuiles are golden around the edges and pale in the centre, remove from the oven.
Work quickly with a pallette knife to remove the baked tuiles from the lined baking sheet and place over a rolling pin to make a curved shape. Press gently and allow to cool.
It’s best to let your baking sheets cool down before you bake your next batch.
How To Make Tuile Biscuit Curls
The first time I made a biscuit curl I used the handle of a wooden spoon to roll the hot tuiles around. After a bit of practice, I found it much easier to roll them with my fingers. Do be careful as they are very hot, OH reckons I’ve got asbestos fingers !
The key is to work as quickly as you can. If your tuiles have hardened so you can’t shape them, you could try putting them back in the oven for a minute to soften them.
Belgian Chocolate Dipped Cigar Tuiles
Roll your tuiles loosely in a cylinder shape like a cannoli if you are going to fill them with cream or ganache or roll more tightly to serve as a biscuit or cookie.
Dip your cooled and shaped tuiles into melted chocolate and leave to set on baking parchment.
How To Make Tuile Cups Or Bowls
I love ice cream or chocolate mousse served in a tuile basket. They look so professional and yet are deceptively easy to make. Just make sure that you add your filling at the last minute because a tuile basket will soften relatively quickly when in touch with moisture.
You’ll need something around which to form your tuile basket. Choose a glass or small bowl or even an empty drinks can – anything you can drape a hot tuile over. Make sure you form a large enough circle of tuile batter on your silicone mat. I’ve found a 15cm / 6 inch diameter circle works well.
Once baked, ease the tuile off the baking sheet with a palette knife and place over your glass or bowl. Press gently to shape and leave to cool.
How To Store
Tuiles are prone to attracting moisture because of their high sugar content. It’s important to store them as soon as they have cooled down. I use a glass Kilner jar or Le Parfait jar but any food container with a good seal will keep your tuiles crisp.
How Long Do They Keep ?
Kept in an airtight container they will keep fresh and crisp for at least a week. As a matter of fact, we’ve kept ours for two weeks and they have been fine.
How To Serve
Serve with a cup of coffee and enjoy your tuiles just as they are. Or you could add an elegant tuile touch to your favourite dessert. Served with ice cream tuiles add a wonderfully crunchy texture.
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- silicone mats
- 2 large baking trays / sheets
- 2 egg whites
- 125 g caster sugar
- 60 g plain flour
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract or spice of your choice
- 60 g butter, melted and cooled
- Preheat oven to 180℃ / 350℉ /Gas Mark 4.
- Add egg whites to a large bowl and whisk a little before adding the sugar and whisking until frothy.
- Stir in the flour and vanilla extract or spice and then add the melted butter. Mix to a smooth batter.
- Can be kept in the fridge at this stage until required.
- Spoon onto lined baking trays and spread thinly into 7.5 cm (3 inch) diameter circles or use a template. 6 per sheet is ideal as the mixture spreads a little. Sprinkle with flaked almonds if you are making the almond tuiles.
- Place in the heated oven and bake for 7 to 8 minutes until the tuiles are just turning golden around the edges.
- Remove the baking tray from the oven and, working very quickly, lift each tuile off the baking tray with a palette knife and drape over a rolling pin or roll up around a wooden spoon handle and leave to cool.
- Bake in batches 2 trays at a time.
- Store in an airtight container.
Pin My Tuiles Recipe For Later
I’m entering my Tuiles Recipe into a couple of challenges this month:
- Credit Crunch Munch created by Camilla from Fab Food 4 All & Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours & hosted this month by Lisa over at Lovely Appetite.
- The No Waste Food Challenge created by Elizabeth over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Dairy and hosted this month by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy.
And linking to:
- Fiesta Fridays
- Bake of the Week co-hosted by Sarah at Maison Cupcake & Helen at Casa Costello (this week hosted by Sarah)
Saturday 21st of July 2018
I tried these and they are delicious. I didn't have a template so I just did it free hand. As a result, they were a bit thicker. Do you think this is why they were less shapeable? I put them over the rolling pin as you suggested and got a little curve but some cracked.
Thursday 2nd of August 2018
Hi Lisa, you're probably right about the thickness making them less shapeable although cooking them for too long also has the same effect. Maybe try cooking them for a minute less and spreading them thinner? Let me know how you get on but I'm pleased they were delicious.
Sunday 25th of March 2018
Have been wanting to try and make these for ages. You're recipe is great and easy to follow. I made tonnes of them for friends who were visiting and added different flavors (savoury and sweet). They all wouldn't believe I had cooked them, so I had a demo in my kitchen, now they are all cooking them and we are swapping flavours and tips. Thanks for giving me the confidence to even try this.
P.S. I drape them over all sorts of implements to make different shapes!
Saturday 28th of April 2018
Hi Mary, that's great to hear. I bet you had so much fun and I'm so pleased my post gave you the confidence to try making tuiles. Happy tuile making :-)
Friday 19th of May 2017
These look so well made! I would love to have a go at them one day as I know my family would love them but I'm not known for such delicate recipes - I'd have to make them when I was home alone to concentrate properly!
Tuesday 23rd of August 2016
You make this look so remarkably easy! I remember trying to make something similar years ago and ended up chucking them across the room. They smashed into sugary shards against the wall, lol! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge! :)
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
Tuesday 12th of July 2016
these are wonderful, and actually seem very simple to make. Thanks for sharing with #creditcrunchmunch