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Dairy-Free Tuile: The Secret to DIY Ice Cream Cones, Fortune Cookies and More

August 12, 2016
By: So Delicious

We had a few requests to adapt our homemade waffle cone recipe so that it didn’t require a fancy “waffle cone maker” or any other specialty equipment. In this post, we’ll show you not only how to make tuile cones with just a baking sheet and an oven, but also a variety of other fun shapes that can be enjoyed for almost any occasion.

Don’t be intimidated! While a “tuile” might sound like some fancy dessert of French origin, it’s really quite simple and quick to prepare. If you can make waffles and frost a cake then be confident you can make any of the desserts below. While classic tuile is full of eggs, cream, and butter, ours is totally vegan and gluten-free. In fact, it’s actually the very same recipe as our Vegan and Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones with one simple adaptation to make chocolate tuile as well.

Don't be intimidated! While a "tuile" might sound like some fancy dessert of French origin, it's really quite simple and quick to prepare. If you can make waffles and frost a cake then be confident you can make these homemade cones!

The Deal with Tuile:

Tuile is a super versatile batter. It translates to “tile” in French as it resembles the curved tile shape found commonly found on homes in the old world. It whips up and bakes as quickly as waffle batter and is super pliable and easy to shape while it’s warm. Once it cools, it can’t be shaped, so it’s important to work quickly. To make the below, we did most of the shaping on the baking sheet itself—freshly out of the oven. If following along, please be very careful as the baking sheet, and the tuiles themselves, will be very hot while handling. If you have one, a silicone baking mat will also be a huge help to you at this stage of the process. Ready? Let’s get that oven pre-heated to 350!

Like we stated earlier, our gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free tuile is super versatile. We’ll show you how to shape Ice Cream Cones, Fortune Cookies, and Pirouette-style Cookies that pair beautifully with coffee. Keep in mind you can shape yours into almost anything, including some of these popular shapes:

  • Classic Tuile Shape (place on the business end of a rolling pin)
  • Bowl Shape (place on the bottom of a muffin tin, between four of the inverted wells)
  • Taco Shape (place on a mug handle, or hard-shell taco)

To make the batter, prepare per the recipe instructions and set aside. If making chocolate tuile, add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to the batter (either natural or dutch will work) and subtract 1 tablespoon of gluten-free flour before mixing. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone mat or a lightly oiled piece of parchment paper. We’ll start out by making tuiles sized for ice cream cones.

Spreading the Batter:

Spread the batter evenly using an icing spatula or butter knife. Once you have an even layer, use the top of the knife/spatula to scrape any excess batter of the edges before baking.

The first step of the process involves spreading the batter thinly and directly onto a room temperature baking mat. And we’re talking very thin here—shooting for about 1/8 of an inch. To make a 6-8″ waffle cone, you’ll want to use about 1 tablespoon of batter per cone. A 3-4″ fortune cookie will only need about a teaspoon of batter. Spread the batter evenly using an icing spatula or butter knife. Once you have an even layer, use the top of the knife/spatula to scrape any excess batter of the edges before baking.

Baking:

You'll know they're done when the edges start to turn a nice golden brown and the middle is still pale.

The cones will need to bake at 350 degrees for between 6-8 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the edges start to turn a nice golden brown and the middle is still pale. If making chocolate tuile, it can be a bit harder to discern the color differences so feel free to open the oven door and take a closer look. Once done baking, place the baking sheet on a heat safe surface and get ready to roll! You can put the next batch in the oven while you’re shaping, but be sure to use a cool/room temperature baking mat before spreading more batter.

Shaping:

To shape a cone, you'll need either a cone roller or a cone-shaped piece of card stock.

Remember, you’ll want to work quickly here as the tuile is only pliable while it’s warm. If at any point the tuile starts to stiffen up too much, you can place it back in the oven for 30 seconds to minute to warm it back up. To shape a cone, you’ll need either a cone roller or a cone-shaped piece of cardstock. To make your own roller, shape the cardstock around the mouth of a glass and bring the other end to a point. Tape securely until it remains in place. Coat the exterior of your new DIY cone roller with parchment paper between rolls. Place the tip of the roller towards one edge of the hot tuile and roll to the end. At the end of the roll, press down firmly to seal the edges. Set aside and work quickly with the remaining tuiles.

To shape a pirouette-style cookie, roll the hot tuile along the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick. Roll to the end and press firmly to seal the edge.

To shape a pirouette-style cookie, roll the hot tuile along the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick. Roll to the end and press firmly to seal the edge.

Enjoy a homemade pirouette-style cookie with a nice cup of coffee or tea!

Enjoy one with a nice cup of coffee or tea!

To shape a fortune cookie, fold the hot tuile in half and press down gently along the edges, making sure to include your "fortune" messages first!

To shape a fortune cookie, fold the hot tuile in half and press down gently along the edges, making sure to include your “fortune” message first!

Next, quickly fold the flat edge of the sealed fortune cookie along the lip of a glass or bowl. Set aside when it's started to firm up.

Next, quickly fold the flat edge of the sealed fortune cookie along the lip of a glass or bowl. Set aside when it has started to firm up.

The recipe will make a bunch but they’ll keep for at least a week. Try filling them with special messages ahead of time and then throw one in your kid's lunchbox everyday of the week!

For the crunchiest fortune cookies, allow the cookies to cool/dry at room temperature for an hour or longer. The recipe will make a bunch, but they’ll keep for at least a week. Try filling them with special messages ahead of time and then throw one in your kid’s lunchbox every day of the week!

What do you think? Are you ready to tackle vegan gluten-free tuile? Let us know your thoughts and shape ideas in the comments!

Cheers!

♥ The So Delicious Dairy Free Team

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Homemade Ice Cream Cones
 
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Homemade ice cream cones with no fancy equipment required!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy-Free
Serves: 15-20
Ingredients
  • 1 C. Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 2 Tbsp. Flax Seed Meal
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • ¾ C. So Delicious Dairy Free Culinary Coconutmilk Lite
  • ½ C. Powdered Sugar
  • ½ C. Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
Directions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the melted coconut oil with the culinary coconutmilk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  2. Add in the flax seed meal to the wet ingredients, stir, then set aside for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add in the flour, slowly, mixing with a hand mixer until it resembles a thick and creamy waffle batter.
  4. Spread the batter thinly and directly onto a room temperature baking mat. And we're talking very thin here—shooting for about ⅛ of an inch. To make a 6-8" waffle cone, you'll want to use about 1 tablespoon of batter per cone. A 3-4" fortune cookie will only need about a teaspoon of batter. Spread the batter evenly using an icing spatula or butter knife. Once you have an even layer, use the top of the knife/spatula to scrape any excess batter of the edges before baking.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for between 6-8 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

 

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