Croquembouche means "crunch in the mouth" and is a mound of pastry cream-filled puffs stuck together with shiny caramel. Nougat cut into decorative shapes adorns it. Guests pluck off the puffs with their fingers. This recipe is from "Entertaining," by Martha Stewart.
Dazzle them all at your holiday dessert table with this ethereal French confection. Layers of pistachio-studded meringue, pastry cream, and raspberry puree meld together for a texture-and-flavor-rich combination.
Make the components ahead of time, and assemble and freeze the dacquoise before dinner -- it'll be ready for dessert.