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Chocolate Hazelnut (or Almond) Dacquoise Recipe

Posted on 21st of June, 2012 by Lévana

Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquoise

Dacquoise is that wonderful French classic party cake, made up of layers of meringue and fillings. I have made the fillings much lighter (and much simpler to make), but no less delicious, with the help of my staunch ally tofu: No tofu flavors whatsoever remain, only the great chocolate and hazelnut (or Almond) flavors. The fillings can be anything you like, but I trust you will love this combo. Gluten-free without even trying!

Almond butter is not trouble to find, but sometimes hazelnut butter can be hard to find: Just grind some toasted hazelnuts in a food processor until perfectly smooth. It will be much cheaper too!
The fillings are wonderful by themselves as well, so you might double the amounts, and serve them by themselves as a mousse, or as a garnish for chocolate or pound cake.
If you get ambitious, like one of my demo fans, you can make individual little dacquoises. Take a look at Shuli’s beautiful take on Dacquoise, which she recently served at a sit-down party:

6 egg whites
Pinch salt
Pinch cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups ground hazelnuts (or any nuts you like)

Hazelnut filling
1/2 pound extra-firm tofu, thoroughly drained
1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
1/3 cup superfine sugar
½ cup hazelnut or almond butter

Chocolate filling
1/2 pound silken tofu, thoroughly drained
1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
1 cup very good quality semi-sweet chocolate, melted (on very low flame, or 2 minutes in a microwave)
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder, decaf ok, mixed with just a few drops warm water

Make the meringue: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Beat the egg whites with the salt and tartar, until soft peaks form, then add the sugar gradually, beating constantly until the mixture is very stiff.  Fold in the nuts very gently.

Using 2 cookie sheets lined with oiled parchment (vegetable spray will do), make 4 8-inch circles (2 on each cookie sheet) on the parchment. following the drawing outlines, pour the batter onto the circles. Bake about 2 hours, then leave them in the oven to dry another 2 hours.

Make the hazelnut filling: Process all ingredients in a food processor until perfectly smooth. Chill to firm.

Make the chocolate filling: Same as above. No need to wash the bowl of the processor between the two. Chill to firm

To assemble: 1 circle meringue, half the hazelnut filling, 1 circle meringue, half the chocolate filling, 1 circle meringue, remaining hazelnut filling, 1 circle meringue, remaining chocolate filling. Slice thin.

Filed under: Almond Recipes, Chocolate Recipes, Dacquoise Recipes, French Recipes, Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes, Hazelnut Recipes, Levana, Levana Kirschenbaum, Recipes, Tofu Dessert Recipes, Whole Foods Cookbook, Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen

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4 Questions

  1. Mindy, on Said:

    Scharffen Berger ( makes a dark chocolate with an OU hecksher. I LOVE their 70% dark chocolate and their 62% Nibby Bar is great as well. You can order from their website or check it for where they sell it near you. I found another site whish tells you what they make and what is dairy or parve ( or you can check the OU website.

  2. chavee neuman, on Said:

    sounds great.
    have we found a great pareve chocolate yet??
    Traders has not even responded to my emails and phone calls. I am tres disappointed.

    • Lévana, on Said:

      I cant say this enough: Put pressure on Heimish brands to produce a better chocolate. MEanwhile, shopRite, Whole Foods brands OK