Word of Mouth: Dacquoise

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Dacquoise [dah-KWOZ] n. French cake made with layers of nut meringue and whipped buttercream.

Chris' great tip on Trader Joe's almond meal reminded me of dacquoise and how much I like this kind of cake. The word dacquoise is sometimes used interchangeably to refer to the entire production or to just one of the layers of nut-based meringue. The nuts in the meringue are most often almonds, although I have used pecan meal as well.

Depending on how they are assembled, these sometimes have a shatteringly crisp bite between layers of cream, and sometimes they meld deliciously into lighter than air layers that are soft and toothsome.

Here's a good basic recipe for a dacquoise with ganache, and another for pecan dacquoise.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.