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Dec 16, 2006 03:14 PM

almond tuiles?

i went to a holiday party last night where they served some DECLICIOUS almond/caramelish/wafer-like cookies. very thin and brittle, dark brown in color... i asked for the recipe, but the party was catered, so i'm guessing i won't get it.

does anyone know what i may have had? a goggle search revealed 4 pretty different types of almond cookies. i really want to include them in my holiday cookie pack and upstage my sister for once this year. ;) thanks in advance!

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  1. Possibly florentines, a caramel/toffee-ish sort of lace cookie, often finished with chocolate on the bottom. These are made with butter, a lot of sugar/brown sugar, a little flour, no egg, probably sliced almonds mixed into the batter. Florentines are thin but have a bit of a bumpy texture from the sugar bubbling in the oven.

    Tuiles are made with egg white, flour, butter, powdered sugar, and my favorite have honey. You can either substitute ground almonds for part of the flour, or sprinkle sliced almonds on before baking. Tuiles are smooth from spreading - I cut shapes out of yogurt container lids and stencil the batter. They can be shaped while hot - traditionally draped over a rolling pin to get the terra cotta roof tile shape. Tuile = tile.

    Both of these are best baked on a silpat.