Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TWD- Coconut Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise

This week's TWD recipe, Coconut Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise, was chosen by Andrea. You can find the recipe on her blog, Andrea's Kitchen.
The picture of this dessert is one of the first ones that caught my eye when I bought this cookbook. It was my 2nd choice when it was my turn to pick the recipe back in January, so I was pretty thrilled when I saw it was one of June's recipes.

Honestly, I was a tad bit intimidated by this recipe. That is the reason I haven't ever made it on my own. Usually, if there is something that I want to make, I just do it. This dessert needed a special occasion. It needed extra time and now it was finally time to make it.
I made this 2 days before we moved. I also made the Honey-Peach Ice Cream,
and the Lots of Ways Banana Cake with Blackberry Sherbet.
I spent the entire day in the kitchen, but I knew it was going to be my last chance to bake for awhile. (I baked for the first time in a month yesterday!)
I was surprised that this recipe was not as difficult as it seemed. It had many parts, that had to bake or rest for long amounts of time, but none of the steps were that hard. I halved this recipe since we were having so many other treats that night and that enabled me to bake my meringues all on the same baking sheet. They were 6x3 inch rectangles.
A dacquoise is "layers of nut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream. It is usually served chilled and accompanied with fruit."-Wikipedia.
In this case the meringue base was made with almonds and served with layers of white chocolate ganache. Those layers were topped with roasted pineapple.
I had a little trouble with the white chocolate ganache just because I was scared to overbeat it, so it was a little bit runny. That made the putting together of this dessert a little messy, but the toasted coconut covered it and no one seemed to mind.
Everyone was very impressed with this dessert. It was crunchy and cold and all the flavors were delicious together. I am so glad we got to make this.
To see what the other members of Tuesday's with Dorie thought, check out the TWD Blogroll!



Coming Soon- Herbed Turkey with Roasted Red Peppers and Beans

21 comments:

Leslie said...

Yours looks perfect in every way, Mary Ann! This one intimidated me, too, but once I made it, I realized nothing was difficult, it was just a series of steps that were unfamiliar. We really enjoyed this one.

Marie said...

Your daquoise looks perfect Mary Ann! You did ever such a wonderful job on it!

Clivia said...

Your photos are gorgeous! So dedicated of you to do all that baking just before you move. Well done!

Eliana said...

Your take on this cake looks amazing. Great job.

nick said...

Well done, well done.

I never got to the part where I was supposed to beat the ganache into a whipped consistency (though in all likelihood I would've had the same worry about over beating it).

finsmom said...

This sounds just amazing. I love the roasted pineapple! I will have to give it a try!

Kim said...

Looks gorgeous.

theeclecticconnoisseur said...

Your pictures are beautiful as always. This was so fun to make!

Gabrielle said...

It tasted SO good! mmmmmm

chocolatechic said...

Looks fabulous.

Cathy said...

It looks incredible, Mary Ann! I'm so glad you finally had an excuse to make an recipe you've been eyeing for so long. I chickened out this week. But I'm seeing so many great reviews that I'm going to have to go back and try this.

I'm making a dish using your pomegranate molasses tonight. Wish me luck!

Beryl said...

Great job! I love that you went on a baking spree before moving. Hope the move went well.

Tammy said...

Beautiful job and welcome back to the kitchen after your month-long hiatus.

pinkstripes said...

Your dacquoise looks great! It was very yummy.

Jennifer said...

I think it looks perfect. I'm glad to hear you liked the white chocolate ganache. I'll have to try that next time. I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate (but I've never had "good white chocolate" only what is available at the grocery store) so I just subbed in whipped cream.

dorie said...

Your dacquoise is lovely! And I'm delighted you like it. It really takes time to make, I know, but it's a great construction project.

Michele said...

I'm so glad that everyone enjoyed the dessert!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks delicious! very impressed that you were able to squeeze it in before you moved!!

lasinthekitchen said...

Your dacquoise looks soo fantastic! I did a full recipe and mine looks half the height of yours. Yours looks really luscious and inviting.

Lauryn said...

Your daquoise looks incredible!! I wish I had motivated to make this!!! WOW, I am especially impressed that you made this right before moving! Nicely done!

Tracey said...

I loved this one too! Yours looks amazing! I only made 1/4 of the recipe and sort of wish I'd made more so I could still be snacking on it.