So this was an experiment. And it was ok. I’m going to be honest. These aren’t the best looking cookies (I think they look rather alien and amoeba-like, and since I used only one chocolate chip per cookie, it also exudes a one-eyed monster vibe.)
The section of his book dedicated to cookie dough offers up a variation of the 1-2-3 cookie. You add some egg whites and bake to get a light, crispy, golden yellow cookie, the tuile.
I thought I’d borrow a little from the tuile recipe and make a chocolate chip version. Ruhlman’s recipe calls for equal parts egg whites, sugar, flour and butter, but I used more flour. I added some baking powder too, to give it a more cakey effect. Real tuiles need deft handling to get them thin, crispy and in the right shape, and I didn’t have the patience to try; so I went with softer cake-like cookies.
But as far as experiments go, it wasn’t so bad. Completely edible and enjoyable, though not knock-your-socks-off fantastic. These reminded me of ladyfinger biscuits, so they’re not all that bad. Except ladyfingers don’t look like alieneyes.
TUILE-INSPIRED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (Adapted from Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio.)
- 60 g egg whites (I used two egg whites which weighed about 30 grams each. I used this as the base and measured the rest of the ingredients accordingly.)
- 60 g castor sugar
- 60 butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 80 g flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Chocolate chips to decorate
- Preheat oven to 190 C, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
- Whisk together the egg whites and sugar until light and frothy.
- Add the butter and vanilla and beat well.
- Add flour+baking powder and fold till everything is incorporated. (The batter is going to be on the stickier side.)
- Spoon onto a baking sheet, smooth out with your fingers, place a chocolate chip in the centre and bake at 190 C for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
- Cool and serve.
For a wonderful tutorial on how to make and shape real tuiles, look no further than Martha.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
I shall be back tomorrow with the final cookie of the week. And yes, I promise it’s better!!