|Type||Cookie or wafer|
|Place of origin||France|
|Main ingredients||Flour, white sugar, butter, and almonds|
|Cookbook: Tuile Media: Tuile|
A tuile is a baked wafer, generally arced in shape, whether thin, crisp, sweet, or savory, that is made most often from dough (but also possibly from cheese), often served as an accompaniment of other dishes. Originally from France, 'tuile' is that language's word for tile, after the shape of roof tiles that the arced baked good most often resembles. Tuiles are commonly added as garnishes to desserts such as panna cotta or used as edible cups for sorbet or ice cream.
Tuiles are thin cookies named for and curved like the tuiles, or tiles, that line the rooftops of French country homes, particularly those in Provence. To get a curved shape, tuiles are usually made on a curved surface, such as a wine bottle or rolling pin. In France, tuile molds are also sold. Tuiles must be curved while they are hot, otherwise they will crack and break. Tuiles can also be left flat after baking. The traditional tuile batter consists of flour, white sugar, melted butter, and almonds. Modern variants include a wide variety of bases and flavours (see gallery).
A simple bread tuile served with fois gras.
A cinnamon tuile over French toast and ice cream.
A honey tuile over cups containing a sweetened cream, ginger panna cotta.
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