Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TWD - Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise


Who doesn't enjoy cake? Fluffy, chewy, weightless or dense. When preparing a dessert, we think about baking powder and soda and their properties that raise up our batter into light and lovely cake. It's science. Add and stir.

Meringue is different. With just an egg white and a whisk, the lightest, melt-in-the-mouth pastry is made. It's something in the air. Chemistry, sure. Magic, most definitely.


This week Dorie's bakers tackle Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise, a cake made of layers of meringue. The recipe was chosen by Andrea of Andrea in The Kitchen. Please check out her blog for the complete recipe.


A few months ago, I made my first dacquoise and it vanished in a day. This time I had much less success. After only hours, I noticed people were avoiding the fridge altogether. Finally, I had to whip up a batch of World Peace Cookies to get the aggrieved looks off my family's faces.

This cake was very, very sweet. The culprit was the white chocolate ganache. I made only one cup of the ganache. It covered the middle two layers nicely, with a thin coating for the top. I supplemented the top layer with fresh whipped cream.


Then there was the roasted pineapple. I know, it's a matter of taste, but my family thought it was nasty. Maybe a fresh berry would have balanced the sweet filling, but limp, soggy pineapple didn't work for us.

I'm still a big fan of the dacquoise cake, even though it can take six hours to bake. I just won't be making this one again. Instead, I'll think about meringue and its magical lightness. It's Something In The Air Between Us. Enjoy!

28 comments:

  1. suis d'accord avec toi Clivia, il est très sucré ce gâteau, et chez nous aussi, il n'a pas eu le succès escompté.
    ça n'empêche pas que ta présentation est très belle :)

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  2. I'm sorry that this wasn't a hit for you and your family. I loved it, but then again, I'm a big fan of pineapple. I like the idea of the berry variation that you mentioned, too.

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  3. I had to throw away the rest of mine..my kids said it was nasty except for one! Yours looks great!

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  4. I really wish I could have made this one - because my husband is a fan of "too sweet."

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  5. I agree that meringue can be magical! But, in the event that it isn't, world peace cookies will certainly turn the taste buds around!!!

    I also love the song you posted! Her voice is beautiful!

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  6. So sorry your family didn't like it. I did. So good. I bet this would be tasty with berries. Your meringue layers look a lot like mine did. It is very hard to make straight lines. :)

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  7. Yeah, the thing is sweet. I still haven't eaten it yet - I'm waiting for the moment when I have four extra hours to lie down and whine about how much my stomach hurts, how I'm going blind, and how I don't want to walk into the light.

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  8. It was sweet, I had two bites and was completely satisifed. It was so good...we all love pineapple and coconut and white chocolate ganache was a big hit also...I made a quarter of the size and we have enough left for another round this evening, a little goes a long way because is is so sweet, so this dessert could serve a lot of people small portions. I know those WP cookies were a success!

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  9. Luckily for us, there's always another Dorie Greenspan recipe available to rescue one that doesn't go over well. World Peace cookies can fix anything!

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  10. So sorry your family didn't like it.

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  11. Sorry you didn't love it. It sure looks nice though! Great job. I chickened out and made a TWD recipe that I'd missed.

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  12. YOU so ROCK. I love how you made this! Even though the pineapple didn't work out, it still looks GOOD!

    Kudos to YOU!

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  13. it sure looks cool. but that's a lot of work for your family not to like it.

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  14. Aww! How sweet of you to make them World Peace Cookies. Sorry this didn't work out. Hope things work out better next week!

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  15. Too bad it wasn't a success. It looks gorgeous.

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  16. How disappointing to not like such a time-consuming dessert, it still looks really good. And seriously, don't World Peace cookies always make everyone happy?

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  17. I agree that the white chocolate put this over the top on the sweet chart.

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  18. Your dacquoise looks soo refreshing! Sorry it wasn't a hit with you or the fam. The Hide and Seek Dacquoise looked really yummy!
    My dacquoise is still in the oven...

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  19. Yup! I agree... this was way too sweet, here too! Nevertheless, it made for a very nice retro looking dessert (pretty darn expensive to make too though, for the looks!)

    Anywho, I hoep you find a way to get rid of it, making someone happy at the same time!

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  20. That looks lovely. Sorry it wasn't a bigger hit with your family. The sweetness was one of the reasons I didn't make this one, since my resident white chocolate fan can't eat it right now. Glad to hear that you do like dacquoise, though--it's somethign I definitely want to try.

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  21. Oh, sad! I can just picture your family looking at the fridge with dislike and suspicion. Good think they had world peace cookies to get them feeling more peaceful!

    Also, your previous dacquoise sounds AMAZING, I'm bookmarking the recipe to try later.

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  23. The meringue layers looks so incredible! Smear some chocolate between a few layers, and I'd be all over that. Can we make meringue when you visit? jk

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  24. Bummer - sorry you guys didn't like it. It looks really terrific! I thought it was fantastic but I can definitely see why people might think it was too sweet.

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  25. Ah, well!! Sorry it didn't work for you. Glad the other one was good tho. It looks great.

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  26. Aaaw, what a shame. There's always next week :)

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  27. Well, sorry it didn't work out! It still looks pretty!

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  28. LOL - I love your description of the pineapple as "nasty". So sorry the family didn't like it - it looks so pretty!

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