Chocolate & Praline Dacquoise

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Chocolate & Praline Dacquoise | Patisserie Makes Perfect

A dacquoise is a meringue with ground nuts folded through it before baking. It is similar to a macaron shell, but not beaten as vigorously, so that it doesn’t form a smooth shell, but more of a rustic meringue. The finished result is very cakelike, but also very light because of the lack of fat in the finished cake.

Dacquoise is a curious term as it can be used to describe the cake layer itself, or the finished dessert, which is usually a layered cake filled with mousse or creme patissiere.

This recipe was taken from William Curley’s book Couture Chocolate, I didn’t actually change a thing about the recipe. It was an interesting recipe and I wanted to see how it would turn out, the finished cakes are so delicious and the filling is like a grown up Nutella.

Chocolate & Praline Dacquoise | Patisserie Makes Perfect

I’ve made a lot of dacquoise on the blog and I’ve had issues in the past where they cracked or stuck to the baking sheet completely. I’ve now discovered that this happened because I wasn’t cooking the dacquoise enough, they should be easy to remove from the greaseproof paper or silicone mat.

This recipe uses a lot of egg whites, if you don’t have them stored in the freezer, then it will leave you with a lot of leftover egg yolks. I used mine to make a delicious Spanish omelette, but you can make creme patissiere, curd or mayonnaise with them.

Chocolate & Praline Dacquoise | Patisserie Makes Perfect

If you want to try making these, the recipe is below. The filling is made with a hazelnut praline paste, you can make your own and it will taste delicious, but the last time I tried to make my own I burnt out the motor on my stick blender! The process involves making a hazelnut praline and then blending it in a food processor for so long that it becomes a liquid, then melted chocolate can be added to the paste to become gianduja.

The paste is also used in the filling of a Paris-Brest and it tastes fantastic, but I now prefer to buy my own (it’s cheaper than buying a new stick blender every time). Valrhona make a delicious hazelnut and almond praline paste and so do Callebaut.

Chocolate & Praline Dacquoise
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Cuisine: French
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ***Dacquoise***
  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • 75g Ground Almonds
  • 75g Ground Hazelnuts
  • 45g Plain Flour
  • 225g Egg whites (approx 7 eggs)
  • 90g Caster Sugar
  • 75g Flaked Almonds
  • ***Praline Ganache***
  • 215ml Whipping Cream
  • 125g 70% Cocoa Chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 125g 35% Cocoa Chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 40g Unsalted Butter, room temperature, cubed
  • 175g Hazelnut Praline Paste
Instructions
  1. To make the ganache, bring the cream to a boil, place the chopped chocolate in a bowl and pour the cream over the chocolate.
  2. Stir until the chocolate has melted, then stir in the butter until it has melted, finally add the hazelnut praline paste and stir until combined. Leave the ganache somewhere to cool - but do not refrigerate it, as it will be too hard to pipe.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160C Fan, line two baking trays with non-stick baking mat or greaseproof paper.
  4. Grease a 6cm cookie cutter or pastry with with a flavourless oil, unless you have more than one cookie ring this size, you'll need to keep cleaning it and oiling it between piping the cakes out.
  5. To make the dacquoise mix the icing sugar, ground almonds, ground hazelnuts and flour in a bowl.
  6. In an electric mixer slowly whisk the egg whites, gradually adding the sugar and increasing the speed. Mix until the meringue forms stiff peaks.
  7. Gradually fold in the dry ingredients using a spatula, be careful to combine the mixture without knocking out a lot of the air, but making sure it's evenly mixed and there are no pockets of dry mixture.
  8. Spoon the mix into a piping bag, cut a hole in the end and using the rings, pipe 12 circles on each of the sheets, ensuring you have 24 in total. You will find that some of the mixture sticks to the ring, use a palette knife to shape and level the dacquoise into discs.
  9. Sprinkle the top of each disc with flaked almonds and dust lightly with icing sugar. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes and then leave to cool.
  10. To assemble the dacquoise, spoon the ganache into a piping bag, snip of the end and pipe spirals onto half of the discs, top each swirl with another disc. These last up to two days stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Notes
The Hazelnut Praline Paste is by Valrhona, but Callebaut also make a very good version.
If you can't get ground hazelnuts, use 80g of whole blanched hazelnuts and grind them in a food processor or mini chopper until they are a very fine texture, then weigh out 75g of them and continue with the recipe.
If your ganache has set too hard, give it 30 seconds in the microwave on a low temperature to soften it.
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Thanks for reading.

Angela

  • Esther Bourne

    Can these be piped without a ring

    • Yes you can, but you’d need to pipe onto a template underneath some grease proof paper and you’d need to pipe spirals as the mixture isn’t very runny, it’s stiffer than macaron mix. Any other questions let me know.

      • Esther Bourne

        Thank you. I’ll give that a go. They look so yummy and different 🙂

  • Jodie Dodd

    Rustic is the perfect way to describe the look of these. Very lovely! Any chance they come double-stuffed? 😀 The praline ganache sounds delish! x

  • I’ve never heard of them – I just looked them up and you’re right they look very similar. Thanks so much for commenting and I’m glad you like them.

  • Your recipe says these last up to 2 days but I don’t think they would last 5 minutes in my house! As with all your recipes, they look just perfect, I wish I had a plate of them now!! <3 xx

    • Well two days if you go away for the weekend and leave these behind 🙂 They do taste really good and thanks for saying such nice things. x

  • They look delicious, I love anything hazelnut and unlike macarons, I can actually make dacquoise! I make my own praline paste, though my poor food processor does struggle a little as it takes so long, it is probably more sensible to buy it…. x

    • dacquoise is hard to make though Hannah – so well done for perfecting it, I always seemed to underbake it! You’re right about praline paste, homemade is best and I will eventually have to bite the bullet and buy a food processor. x

  • I am so craving these cookies right now. They look SO GOOD, Angela 🙂

    • Thank you so much Pang. I had to step away from these and share them with colleagues… too many of them found their way into my belly 🙂

  • wow, these look so delicious!! wish we could have one with our afternoon coffee now 🙂

  • Oh my goodness these look amazing, gorgeous photographs!

    • Thank you 🙂 They are lovely little cakes, I was really surprised and pleased with how they turned out. x

  • I need to make these for myself soon! Drooling ♥

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  • rebecca beesley

    never heard of those before! I’m learning so much from reading your blog x