A dariole mold is both a cooking mold and the food cooked and served in it. The word dariole comes from the Old French word that means a small, filled pastry. Darioles today do not necessarily contain pastry and can be filled with a variety of foods such as fish, pudding, vegetables or cake.
A dariole mold looks like a small metal cup. Its shape is cylindrical with a slight taper to it and it may or may not have a lip around the top. Anodized aluminum is often used for dariole molds as this metal is said to help food lift out easily as well as brown evenly. Darioles vary in size, but are always quite small as they are meant to be for individual portions of food.
A dariole mold may be used for individual servings of mashed potato or rice pilaf. Dariole molds are very versatile because they can serve both chilled foods as well as baked foods. When using plastic dariole moulds, only use for moulding cold mixtures. For example, you can prepare individual gelatin molds and either chilled or hot appetizers with dariole molds. You can also use them to make many different desserts such as steamed sponge cakes, as well as fish and vegetable mousses, or mousselines.