Tuiles are thin crunchy, sweet and nutty cookie/waffer thingies... :)
I was always afraid of making them, since I read they can stick to your cookie sheet's very easily. Well, I'm scared no more. I made these in a Moroccan oven and without using a cilicone sheet. My mother in laws cookie sheet has got to be at least 10yrs old, if not more. One thing I will say is make them on a dry day and eat them that same DAY. They tend to get soft the very next day you bake them (Not that they will last that long.
1/3 cup (80 ml) orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
Zest of one large orange
1/4 cup (50 ml) Grand Marnier
1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated white sugar
7 tablespoons (100 grams) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups (200 grams) sliced almonds (finely chopped)
1 cup (125 grams) sifted all-purpose flour
Butter well a cookie sheet by using a pastry brush dipped in melted unsalted butter. (Make sure your cookie sheet is well greased or else the cookies will stick.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (l80 C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven.
In a large measuring cup mix all the ingredients together. Let the dough rest for 10 - 15 minutes. Drop about 1 teaspoon of dough onto cookie sheet. Using a wet fork press thinly into a round shape. (Have a bowl with water close by to keep wetting your fork.) It is very important to spread the batter very thinly. The dough should be the thickness of the almond. Only put four cookies per baking sheet as they spread and have to be rolled onto a rolling pin immediately upon removing from the oven (while still warm).
Bake until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Rotate the cookie sheets front to back halfway through the baking period. While these are baking prepare your next sheet.
Remove from oven and have a rolling pin and spatula or pancake turner close by. Cool the cookies for about 30 seconds to one minute, until they can be lifted without tearing, but are still flexible. Place each cookie on top of the rolling pin and gently press to get the curved shape. Quickly do the other three cookies. If cookies become too rigid to roll, return them briefly to the oven to soften.
When cool transfer to cooling rack.
Repeat with remaining batter. These are best served the same day. They tend to lose their crispness after a day. I usually make what I need for that day and save the rest of the batter in the refrigerator until later.
Note: My cooking instructor told me a way to test to see if you have made the tuiles thin enough: After baking and cooling the tuiles, drop one to the floor. If the cookie shatters into small pieces it is thin enough. If not, then the batter needs to be spread thinner.
Adapted from Joyofbaking.com