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When I first began to follow the Paleo/Primal lifestyle I became very quickly aware of many favorite foods that I would no longer be able to eat. Now, over two years later, I am happy to know that not only do I not miss my formerly favorite foods, but I’ve also discovered many foods and dishes new to me that I love even more! There are many wonderful, elegant, and flavorful dishes that can be made to closely follow the preferences of the paleo diet. This recipe for Hazelnut Espresso Dacquoise is one.
Dacquoise is a traditional French dessert that involves layers of almond and hazelnut meringue that sandwich fillings ranging from chocolate or praline buttercreams to whipped creams to fruit fillings. This particular version stacks hazelnut meringue with an espresso buttercream topped and layered with chocolate ganache. What I love about this iteration of this dessert is its ability to be very elegant while at the same time not overwhelmingly rich or anything close to cloyingly sweet. This recipe is actually fairly similar to traditional recipes, only using honey instead of sugar and far less of it. This dessert is best prepared two days in advance as the buttercream will soften the meringue and the flavors will meld together wonderfully with time.
Consider making this dessert for your next dinner party or holiday gathering. Just be sure to allow yourself enough time, read through the entire recipe before you begin, and be patient! It is a worthwhile kitchen adventure, I promise!