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Monday, December 28, 2009

Coffee Rum Raisin Dacquoise

Dacquoise Collage

Dacquoise 3

Dacquoise 5

Dacquoise with coffee
My first job with a Japanese company, almost 20 years ago had brought me many new first experiences. I ate Zaru soba and sashimi for the first time in my life during my welcome lunch. Things were rather different then- Japanese food was not as ubiquitous as today. I remember also looking forward to every Japanese guest/boss's visit- for invariably, they will come bearing delectable Japanese treats wrapped meticulously in pretty gift boxes. There were baked rice crackers, the recognisable Tokyo Banana (a banana shaped sponge filled with custard), the significant Pigeon Biscuit from Kamakura and some delicious sandwich cookie with rum soaked rasin butter cream. I didn't know what those raisin butter cream cookies were but they were the firm favourite at the Singapore office and I do still recall that they were rather expensive and probably still are today.

It was only quite recently when I was surfing at the Japanese Amazon that I saw these cookies again and realised that they are actually Dacquoise.  Originated from South Western France, Dax, Dacquoise are more commonly seen in the west in the form of a layered or sandwiched cake. (See this link to Martha Stewart's Site)These almond or hazelnut meringue based pastry are commonly used as a cake base. The Japanese, I believe are the people who have made it so astoundingly popular as a sandwich cookie.

Less temperamental and more baker- friendly than the macarons, these are delicious on their own or paired with tea or coffee.

I use a recipe from Keiko Ishida's new book,Okashii which uses a beautiful coffee rum butter cream and rum soaked raisins. Suprisingly, the velvety rum laced cream did not over power the biscuit which I feel should really be the star of this treat. However, I do have to warn that given our humid and warm weather in Singapore, these little morsels will need to be refrigerated. They turn soft quite easily when left at room temperature.

Coffee Cream Dacquoise (adapted from Keiko Ishida's Okashii)

Ground almonds                  90g (ground hazelnut can also be used)
Icing sugar                           40g
Castor sugar                        20g
Egg white powder               1g
Egg white                            100g

Coffee Cream
Unsalted butter                    100g
Egg Whites                          35g
Icing sugar                           35g
Coffee powder                    2tsp
Rum                                    2 tsp

1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. In a clean mixing bowl, whip egg white and add sugar and egg white powder in 3 additions until meringue forms stiff peaks.
3. Sift ground almond and icing sugar together. Fold the sifted dry ingredients into the meringue.
4. Using a piping bag fitted with a plain round tip, pipe round discs of the batter onto parchment paper.I use a oval mousse ring for mine.
5. Dust icing sugar twice over the piped dacquoise. The second dusting should be done just before baking.
6. Bake at 180C for 15 mins.
7. Cool biscuit completely before removing from the parchment paper.

Butter Cream
1. In a clean mixing bowl, whip egg white and sugar until stiff peaks are formed.
2. In another bowl, whip room temperature butter until pale and creamy. At low speed mix meringue with creamed butter.
3. Mix coffee powder with Rum and add it to the butter cream.

1. Pipe coffee butter cream onto smooth face of Dacquoise biscuit. Place about 3-4 rum soaked raisin over the cream and sandwich this with another piece of Dacquoise biscuit.


Irene's Footprints said...

looks good. I have okashi..yet to try any of the recipes. Yours look nice!

: )

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Thanks, Irene. I am trying to catch up with my blogging....will try to post as much as I can before I scoot off again.

A cupcake or two said...

What a fantastic treat with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Rum soaked raisins. I had this on top of some vanilla bean ice cream on Christmas Eve. Simply divine

zurin said...

Ill try these have a lovely blog...fantastic photography...and lovely recipes.:)

Allie said...

This looks yummy! I have that book too and have been meaning to try the Dacquoise recipe but I haven't got around to it!

Dina said...

wow that's the kind of cookie you can't eat just one of!

National Cookie Network said...

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Trissa said...

Hi Shirley - thanks for sharing this recipe... I have to say, the Japanese know how to take a classic French sweet and elevate it to another level!

M. said...

what a great recipe!
looks really yummy, I'll have to try it


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