Tuesday, June 23, 2009
TWD - Coconut Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise
This week’s TWD recipe is coconut roasted pineapple dacquoise and was chosen by Andrea of Andrea in the Kitchen. This is another of those recipes that I would probably not have tried but for being part of the TWD group and another recipe that I was more than pleasantly surprises with.
While I have made many pavlovas and meringues before I have never made a dacquoise. I am not sure of the precise definition of a dacquoise but I would guess that it is a layered meringue cake. This particular dacquoise was layers of coconut and almond meringue layered with whipped white chocolate ganache and grilled pineapple. To say it was delicious would not be doing it justice.
I halved the recipe and made a really big dacquoise, so the full recipe must be ginormous! I also had to make a few other adjustments on account of not reading the recipe through properly before I began (a common fault of mine). I made the meringue layers on Friday night and only when I went to bake them did I realise that they had to be baked for 3 hours. Now, I thought that was a really long time. When I normally make pav or meringues, I cook them for no more than an hour and a half at a slightly higher heat than Dories suggested and then turn the heat off and leave them in the oven overnight. That is what I did in this case and it worked perfectly. I baked the meringue layers at 120c for 1 ½ hours and then switched the oven off and left them in there overnight. They turned out perfectly.
Layers of white chocolate ganache seemed just a bit rich for me, so I filled my layers with whipped cream, using the white chocolate ganache only on the top. I also didn’t have quite enough cream to be able to put it on the sides to stick the shredded coconut to, so I sprinkled the coconut on the top layer. We ate the dacquoise on Saturday night. My little sister came to visit – she had a 5 hour stopover before flying out to KL for a conference and we had the dacquoise for pudding. It was so delicious, but the three of us probably only ate about a 1/3 of it. I ended up throwing the rest of it out, which was a waste, but by the next day it had really softened, so I didn’t feel like I could even take it into the neighbours. It was so good though. I actually think it would be wonderful with raspberries rather than the pineapple.
See if the other TWDers loved it as much as I did here