Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Peanut Butter Mousse in Tuile Cookie Spoons


Recently a friend asked me to bake for an upcoming party she's having, so I've been researching all kinds of bite-sized dessert canapés.  One recipe that caught my attention is from BHG; a rich mousse that is served in the bowl of a teaspoon. The mousse sounds inviting, but I'm not sure I want to commit a good portion of flatware to the project (32 spoons!). The idea of a disposable plastic spoon came to mind, but for a single bite - well, that would be environmentally unsound and just too wasteful.  Then, it came to me suddenly.  Edible spoons!

Do they exist? Can I make them? (google, google, google) Well. Yes and yes.

I've wanted to try stencil paste (or tuile batter) for some time, and now I had the perfect opportunity!  I found the spoon stencil online (here) and decided to give it a try. I had so much fun while experimenting.  There are so many shape and flavor possibilities!


The tuile batter recipe comes from my new favorite cookbook, Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques.  I wanted my spoons to be chocolate, so I substituted out 1/8 cup of the all purpose flour used for dark cocoa powder.



Peanut Butter Mousse in Tuile Cookie Spoons

Rich peanut butter mousse in single serving tuile cookie spoons ...

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I'm happy to say that the stencil paste is very uncomplicated.  It took only a few minutes to put together. The batter will spread into the templates more evenly and precisely if it is a little cold.  Use an offset spatula to spread the paste into the template openings. If your stencils smudge, you can take a damp paper towel and clean up around the edges. 


These bake for only a short time. When done and still warm, they have a rubbery texture, so they are easily shaped. You'll have to work quickly when transferring these from the oven.  They harden quickly, so I use my stove top as a workspace and leave the oven door open with the cookie sheet still inside.  I transfer the cookies from the oven to the work surface above...


...and onto the curve of a rolling pin.  This gives them a more realistic and interesting dimension. 

The hardened spoons will have a crisp texture. 

As for the mousse, it is very simple and quite good by itself.

It is very rich and a little heavier than expected. I can now see why the portion size is so small. 


My one complaint?  These are fragile.  Don't over-fill your spoons with mousse.  They will become heavy at the bowl and snap off at the handle if you try to pick them up.  Also, be careful not to over-bake.  They will become dry and be extra brittle.  I learned  the hard way and had to dispose an entire dozen. With my oven set at 350 degrees, they baked perfectly at around 6 minutes, 30 seconds.


Perhaps you are just plain crazy about incredibly rich and decadent peanut butter mousse.  If so, you might find the bowl presentation a little more to your liking. 


I'm not certain that mousse-filled-spoons will make it on the menu for my friend's party, mainly because it is for her toddler's birthday.  I'll probably find something a little less delicate, perhaps petit fours or a dessert on a stick (cake pops?).  I'll be sure to file this idea away for a dinner party that needs a little fun and novelty.  Grown-ups occasionally need a little fun and novelty too!

With love,


P.S. Many chefs/bakers make thier own tuile stencils  Find out how here.

117 comments:

Sanjana said...

These are so adorable. You are truly and inspiration!

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April said...

I love them!! Can't wait to see what you come up with for the party!

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i've just found your blog and you are so creative...i can't wait to read it from beginning to end :)

Julia said...

These=insane. I am so excited to make these!!!!!

Sherryl said...

Wow, wow, wow! I just might make these for my daughter's school fundraiser!

Rachael said...

These are absolutely adorable!

diva said...

This is so clever and pretty! Eating them must be lots of fun :)

bakingforneighbors said...

Your posts never cease to amaze me! I aspire to attain your decorating skills. For now I'll stick with a piping bag and cupcakes - even whole big cakes are a little ambitious for me.

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So original and charming! It's always a treat to see one of your posts!

Ashley said...

Wow! Yet again I am blown away! Fabulous job!

Mon said...

Wow. That is so cool. And so pretty. And so clever. Fab.

Mimi said...

Really creative! What a fun dessert.
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Andrew's Mom said...

Very inventive - I love this idea.

Shree said...

these look awesome! I'm dying to try them out :)

Anna said...

Adorable! I made quite a few cookie spoons in pastry school but always left them flat - the curved handle is so elegant!

Memória said...

AMAZING!! The spoons are beautiful! They almost make you forget about the mouse. ALMOST. haha

Mara... said...

You just BLEW me away Heather!!! Those spoons are absolutely amazing!! I want to come have dinner at your house. And that mousse looks amazing, I am a sucker for anything with peanut butter.

Su-yin said...

These are so pretty! I love anything bite sized and you just blew me away with these. Not to mention the peanut butter mousse.... :P

grace said...

so clever! i appreciate art in food, but if the flavor ain't there, it's useless to me! this, i do believe, would succeed on both levels. :) bravo!

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for the love of god, woman! are you friggin kidding me?!?!?! these are soooo awesome! I am jealous beyond belief at your creativity. ur my hero :)

Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com said...

This is by far the best edible spoon I have ever seen! I am so on trying these! Fantastic!

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They're so cool, Heather! ;o) Just loving your blog!

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What a wonderful blog! I am a new visitor and I will be spending a lot of time here! Love your work and I am getting inspired!

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Love it!
Great idea, sounds perfect for a party.

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Kathleen said...

All I can say is WOW! You are one clever and talented gal! Way impressive!!!

Smita Srivastava said...

It looks amazing . Such a wonderful creation !!! I'm sure toddlers would also love such cute edible spoons ......

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Widge said...

they look amazing! well done

Sue said...

So Cute!! You have to love a spoon you can eat. :)

peasepudding said...

Gorgeous, what an adorable idea. I will have to remember this one.

Melissa said...

So cute!!!

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These are awesome! Maybe a bit too much for a toddler party, but I can see these being a hit at many other occasions.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

What a fabulous idea! I can't get over how adorable these are and will definitely have to try out tuiles in the future.

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I love this! So cute and creative!

Christiana said...

Once again, simply beautiful!

kimber said...

So stinkin' cute! I wanna make this now!!

Natalie... said...

Wow this is just amazing!! I don't know how you do it..but anything with peanut butter is sure to be good heheh!

laura k said...

These are very impressive. And now I really want peanut butter mousse.

The Neglected Nest said...

I absolutely love your blog. You are so creative, resourceful, and talented. Thank you for tempting my palate and giving me inspiration to step outside the baking box.

Ingrid said...

I recently made mousse for the first time and have been kicking myself that I never tried it before. Of course, I don't like chocolate so that was the issue....still don't but the texture and mouth feel of it is unreal. I'll have to give your PB mousse a try.
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Mrs Knight said...

I just wanted to give a suggestion for people that don't want to spend the extra $$ on a stencil they may only use once or twice.. I read although I have to admit I have not tried it yet that you can use the lids of yogurt or cottage cheese containers to make your own stencil.

This recipe looks amazing and I may just have to give it a try for our next dinner party.

Mae said...

Absolutely too cute and cool. I've been wanting to play with unique tuile shapes, this is one of the best I've seen!

Anne's Kitchen said...

Wow, I am just absolutely blown away by this!!! How cool are these edible spoons?! And how many possibilities open up for using these?! I love canape parties, so this needs to be tried out! Maybe parmesan spoons with a pesto cream cheese cream... Can't wait to try it!!! Thanks for posting this!!!

Sarah said...

I just came across your blog from Tastespotting and love your ideas. I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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Oh my gosh, these are stunning. You are so creative. I'm very glad to have found your blog, as it is thoroughly enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

We just learned how to make tuile creations at school last month. Just wanted to let you know that your tuile cookie spoons idea just made it to our class facebook page. It's always nice to hear that your creativity is admired & appreciated. Can't wait to have an opportunity to make these! Thanks for a great idea! Yours look beautiful!

J said...

Brilliant! Simply and gloriously brilliant!

Anonymous said...

im just a metro hippie, with a beard and a love for funn stuff, this is pretty sweet imma make a vegan version, i respect the creativity peace love indluge

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Amanda said...

These are truly awesome, such a work of art it's (almost) a shame to eat them! Almost :)

Maria said...

Amazing!

Kristen said...

that is the cutest thing ever!

Roslyn Cookper said...

Those are so cute! What a great idea for a party, especially when people are standing around and want an easy to eat snack!

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Fantastic!!! So clever idea

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absolutely genius!

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What a fantastic idea! Elegant! And who doesn't LOVE peanut butter?

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Fat people eat this.

Baking Mama said...

Heather, WOW! you are soooo talented! I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and can't stop visiting! I bought the stencil and tried to make these, it seemed to work great, but after aI put the mousse on the spoon they kind of wilted, they weren't crispy anymore...any advice??Thanks!!!!

even-star said...

That's mad! Never saw stencil paste before. Now I want to try it.

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Delicious idea I just had to blog about it

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stunning!!!

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Wow, that is so cool!

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Absolutely Fabulous! I could definitely see these at an elegant dinner party.

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Wow. This is freakin awesome. I love the cookie spoons!!!

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I had these today, omg, they were so good. I had these done as peanut butter cups.

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these are amazing! i really love the edible spoons and right now im all about the chocolate/peanut butter combo!

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Anonymous said...

Hey I love ur idea and would like to somewhat use it for my final pastry school exam what the recipe for peanut butter mousse is it hard? Email me if possible ASAP dyemsc@hotmail.com

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