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Tips for dacquoise:

* After blanching the almonds, toast them on an iron skillet over medium heat; turn and shake them occasionally. * A food processor or blender grinds the toasted almonds quickly.

* Scrape the inside of the egg shells with your finger to remove all the white in order to build the largest meringue possible.

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* Separate the eggs cold but beat them at room temperature for best results; leftover yolks may be used for cupcakes, Hollandaise sauce, or other recipes.

* When assembling the dacquoise on a serving platter, place a dab of buttercream on the center of the plate and press the first meringue on it to hold the layer firmly.

* If you don't have a confectioners' sugar shaker for the topping, rub the su gar through a tea strainer.