Tinkering with Tuile, and my stint on American Idol.

It seemed like a dream. There I stood , sweaty palms, knees barely supporting my trembling body, and heart about to jump out of my chest, when I heard my name being called.

“Marysol, will you come with me please?”

I took a deep breath and with all the courage I could muster, I proceeded to walk down a long, narrow corridor, escorted by a polite and rather antsy-pantsy gentleman, tightly holding a clipboard with both hands positioned at three and nine.

He led me right into a large, dark and deathly quiet stage. If not for my uncontrollably knocking knees, I would’ve ran home screaming like the mama‘s girl that I am.
“Snap out of it” I thought. “I didn’t camp out overnight in a smelly sleeping bag for a chance at fame and fortune just to throw it all away for fear of being booed off stage by Simon Cowell.

He’s only one of three judges; just a guy with an attitude and a bad haircut. ‘Surely I can handle him.” I said, trying to convince myself.

Finally, there I was, on stage, facing three very unimpressed, uninterested judges. Incidentally, The song I was about to perform, Paul McCartney's "My Love.”

I took a deep breath while repeating to myself: I can get through this. Gulp. I sang my song, eagerly racing for the finish line…

Only my love holds the other key to me
Oh....my love oh...my love
Only my love does it good to me-eeee...

Simon: “ Marysol!”

Me: "Listen here Cowell, would it kill you to let me finish the last two words to this song?!"
I didn’t actually say that. But I thought it.

…only my love, does it goooooood to-o-o-o-o-o-o-oooo meeeeeeee…

Simon: “You awake?”

Me: “Simon, you bastard!”
I didn’t actually say that. But I thought it.

Next thing I notice was my husband’s face hovering over me.

“Hon, wake up. It’s your turn to drive our son to school. “

So, herein lies my dream. Shattered into a million pieces, much like my first attempt at shaping Tuiles.

“Simon, you suck!”
I actually said that.

Speaking of Tuiles, here’s a versatile French cookie that is often used to garnish desserts, but can also be fashioned in all different shapes while it is warm. Here I’ll share a few ways to have fun with this classic cookie.

Tuile Cookies

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Whites of 3 eggs
1 scant cup AP flour

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Whisk the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. In another bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Whisk in the egg whites. Then, fold in the flour mixture to create a smooth batter. Chill for at least 1 hour. Drop small spoonfuls of batter, about 4” apart onto a nonstick baking sheet, or a baking sheet sprayed with Baker’s Joy or the old, but very reliable cake decorator’s concoction, Pan Coating (equal parts flour, shortening and a few drops of a neutral oil, such as Canola, to make a spreadable mixture).

Bake for about 4 minutes or until the cookies start to take on color. Keep an eye on them as they’ll brown very quickly. Remove from the oven and quickly drape them over a rolling pin, a clean bottle. Or, if like me, you want just a slight curve, use a rolled up poster board (as pictured) covered in wax or parchment paper.

You could also gently press them inside a small round bowl and leave to cool completely.

If you want to make flower petals for a cake like the daisy cake, or butterfly wings (below), use tuile stencils or make your own out of thin cardboard, cutting out your design with an x-acto knife.

Use an offset spatula to thinly spread the tuile mixture over the stencil. Carefully lift off cardboard.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also add a chocolate edging to your cookies, before baking, by mixing some of the tuile mixture with a little (sifted) cocoa powder, and bake as above.


  1. Marysol, what a sweet dream you have:)) I almost believe it was true:)) Oh, these tuiles look gorgeous. They are so delicate. Great recipe! You are one amazing baker!

  2. that is a great dream.

    i love your tuiles, but i love that chocolate cake even more!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I've always wanted to make these, but have never tried. Thanks for the inspiration. And the dream story is great...

  5. These are like fairy cookies! And that cake...it's simply storybook-perfect!

  6. Hi Farida!
    Most of my dreams are pretty vivid, but, unfortunately, not all are as sweet. I won't tell you about the dream I had last night, but I will say it'd make a great Walter Hill film.

    Michelle, it's always good to meet another chocolate aficionado!

    Kelly, thank you. I dropped by your delicious blog and suddenly I'm craving cheesecake -for breakfast- and it's all your fault.[G]

    Hi Cakespy! I love your description of fairy cookies. It's so perfect for the ever light and delicate Tuile. Btw, I also dropped by your wonderful blog and left a message, but I'm having problems at this end. That, and I haven't had my morning coffee yet. In any event, I'll try again later.

  7. Anonymous30/4/08

    Soleil! Qule amour! Thank you so much for this tutorial..!
    I bet you could even make fairies!
    I have a fairy stencil..Maybe?

    The dream was pretty cool too:)


  8. You're welcome mon ami!

    And yes, Titania, ruler of the fairies, you can (and should) use your fairy stencil. Keep in mind though, that tuile batter hardly spreads, so you'll need a simply outlined stencil, without details.

    I wish I would've included that in the post, but apparently quelgu 'un a volé mon substance grise.

    Let me know if you make the fairy, I'd love to see it.