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Almond Dacquoise

This recipe accompanies the Baked Alaska Bombe.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 3 hours
  • yield: Makes one 7 1/2-inch round and twelve 3-inch square cookies
Photography: Frederic Lagrange

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, for parchment
  • All-purpose flour, for parchment
  • 8 ounces whole blanched almonds, finely ground (2 cups)
  • 1 cup superfine sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 large egg whites, room temperature

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Invert a 7-cup bombe mold (see recipe, above) onto 1 parchment-lined baking sheet, and trace perimeter. Turn over parchment. Brush traced circle with butter, and dust with flour. Brush another parchment-lined baking sheet all over with butter, and dust with flour.

  2. Step 2

    Beat together almonds, 1/2 cup superfine sugar, and the confectioners' sugar in a large bowl with a mixer. Beat together egg whites with a mixer until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining 1/2 cup superfine sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form. Fold into nut mixture.

  3. Step 3

    Spread meringue into traced circle to form a round slightly thicker than 1/4 inch. Fit a large pastry bag with a 1-inch flat tip with a serrated edge (such as Ateco #9897). On the second baking sheet, use serrated side to pipe 3 overlapping lines to create a 3-inch square. Repeat to create 11 more squares.

  4. Step 4

    Bake dacquoise round and cookies until they are dry on top and lift easily from parchment, about 1 hour, rotating halfway through. Turn off heat; let cool in oven 1 hour. If it isn't too humid, dacquoise can be stored at room temperature, well wrapped, 1 day (if humid, use immediately).

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2012