Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Fancy Cake - The Dacquoise

In honor of my boyfriend's moms (belated) birthday celebration, I wanted to be a little adventurous in the cake that I decided to make. I stumbled across this recipe for Peanut Dacquoise with Peanut Butter Mousse a while back and hadn't been able to stop thinking about it since. 

The word, dacquoise, sounds very French and very fancy, but all it really is is a baked, light and airy meringue with finely ground peanuts folded into it. But in between those layers, is where I guess you could say that the magic truly happens.  Sandwiched between the meringue you will find a thick, rich chocolate glaze and icecream-like peanut butter mousse.

I recommend that if you love the marriage of chocolate and peanut butter together (I mean, who doesn't) that you try this recipe.  It takes quite a few change of beaters and bowls and a lot of refrigerator time to arrive at actually tasting the first slice, but once you do, I can guarntee you that you will impress your guests and yourself. 
(The foundation of the dacquoise - whipped egg whites and finely ground peanuts)
(The intensly rich chocolate glaze layered onto the baked meringue)
(Decadent layers of meringue, chocolate glaze and peanut butter mousse)
(Introducing a slice of (peanut butter and chocolate) heaven)

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