TWD: Dacquoise with Caramelized Bananas and Cocoa Cream

by Holly on June 23, 2009

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Sheesh. This was almost the Tuesdays with Dorie challenge that didn’t happen. It would have been the first one I’ve missed since I joined over a year ago. I had all good intentions of making the recipe exactly as it was in the book, but as you can see, that didn’t happen.

This week’s hostess was Andrea of Andrea in the Kitchen where you’ll find the recipe for the Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise – my subs are all detailed below.

What did happen was a lot of planning, then a lot of Father’s Day stuff, then remembering Monday afternoon that I still hadn’t made this yet!

There was quite the discussion between me, as well as a few friends on Twitter last week all about this week’s dessert – Maria, Clara, Janet, Natalie, Rebecca, Kayte, Tania, Nancy, FujiMama, and Sarah – first, who in the TWD crew was planning to go for it this week and second, what I could sub the pineapple for. I didn’t have pineapple, and I don’t like pineapple. I wanted to try this so, I wanted something I would actually want to eat.

We discussed the possibility of strawberries – and though most of us agreed that it would probably be quite tasty – at some point I got the idea to use bananas – specifically banana slices with some caramelized sugar on them, my personal favorite – as the topping. Replace one tropical fruit with another! It ended up being the perfect substitute and we all loved it.

Nancy was kind enough to let me know the weight of the dry ingredients for the actual dacquoise (193 grams) so making a half recipe was simple enough at that point (96.5 grams).

I traced a 3 6-inch circles on my parchment on one sheet and put the dacquoise mixture into a piping bag and piped the circles (fairly thick – they were almost 3/4-inch tall). Where I messed everything up was when I put them in the oven. I had been using the oven for something else and was too impatient because it was still too hot. My discs sort of melted down into the thin layers you see, which I really have no idea if it is normal or not, but there you go. Either way, I let them bake the alloted amount of time with the oven now cooled to the correct temperature until I basically thought they were done. They were quite possibly more crunchy than they should have been, but with the cream filling it was a nice contrast.

I also obviously replaced the filling. I wanted something simple, fast and light so I just made a simple cocoa whipped cream. It is just a combination of 2 cups heavy cream + 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar = beat until as thick as you want – it is great for a light frosting on other cakes too – especially chocolate!

After searching online and finding a post at Zoe Bakes about dacquoise (and also a very helpful tweet from Zoe herself about not assembling the components too early before serving since it would get soggy) that really this was something that you can make and use as a filling between cake layers. Who’d a thunk it!? Not me. Maybe next time, when I actually don’t mess up the temperature, it will be even better!

Don’t forget to check out how the other TWD Bakers fared this week – check the blogroll!

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Clivia June 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Your meringue layers look perfect to me. I'm so glad someone did chocolate. Next time I'm making your recipe. The white chocolate was just too sweet for us. Well done!

chocolatechic June 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm

It looks fabulous, Holly.

Maria June 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm

You did a fantastic job with this one!!

theeclecticconnoisseur June 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

This looks great! I will have to try it your way next time. I think my husband would prefer the banana. Also, I love that you did round meringues.

Natalie June 23, 2009 at 3:11 pm

amazing – so glad this wasn't the TWD that got away!

Kayte June 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I think the meringue layers turned out just fine, I loved that crunchy bit. Yours is so nice in that round shape…and, well, if you would just have left that chocolate bit out, I would have been standing ready with a fork the minute you finished it up! LOL. The bananas, what a great idea with cream! Very pretty.

Jaime June 23, 2009 at 5:30 pm

caramelized bananas – yum! great adaptation

thanks for the kind words. and i only made the announcement about our little bun a few weeks ago ( so you're not really a bad blogging friend!

Manggy June 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Yes please! I adore bananas and chocolate (heaVEN)! But I gotta say, I'm going to force feed you a *good* pineapple one of these days 😉 I had one in Akron and it was not good! What you guys have to go through! Hee hee.

Di June 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Oh, wow. The cocoa cream looks fabulous. I totally want to make some of that now. I bet it would be great with strawberries, too.

pinkstripes June 23, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Love your change-ups! The cocoa + banana flavors must have been delicious.

Leslie June 23, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I so wanted to make this one chocolate, and I'm so glad you did! It looks wonderful, and the caramelized bananas would be the perfect fruit.

margot June 23, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Wow, what creative substitutions. It looks wonderful and the flavor combination sounds great. Congratulations on keeping your perfect attendance!

Zoe Francois June 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Oh my, your creation is gorgeous! What a wonderful combination of flavors.

Flourchild June 23, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Now that is cool looking..nice job!

vibi June 24, 2009 at 2:16 am

Great thinking… nice switched of flavours! ..and very pretty results!

Teanna DiMicco June 24, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Woah!!! Bananas and chocolate!? That is amazing! That looks SO good! I need to try it this way!

lasinthekitchen June 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm

OMG, those carmelized bananas look awesome!! If I make this again, I'd go that route. Your subs turned out really well, love the chocolate/banana combo!

Sue Sparks June 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Looks luscious! Everything does:)

Katrina June 25, 2009 at 1:38 am

Oh my gosh, this looks divine! I didn't do this week's but did a TWD rewind instead, but THIS looks amazing. I LOVE bananas! GREAT job!

TeaLady June 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

that looks soooooo tasty. chocolate and bananas and crunch. Perfect!!!

Tracey June 28, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Oh wow, great adaptations!! I can only imagine how good the chocolate and bananas must have been together!

spike. June 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

chocolate and bananas! love your choice of subs

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