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Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

8 Aug

One of my favorite macarons I’ve made were strawberry lemonade flavored. Since it’s almost my birthday, I thought it would be really fun to combine those flavors in a dacquoise. This recipe isn’t quite as rich as my last one, but equally as flavorful. It also uses aquafaba in every layer, which I find really exciting!

Be sure to check out the vegan meringue Facebook group for more amazing aquafaba recipes and Aquafaba.com for frequently asked questions.
Strawberry Buttercream  and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

Strawberry Buttercream  and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

Strawberry Buttercream  and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup aquafaba, reduced from 3/4 cup
• 1/2 cup + 2.5 tbsp granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup almond meal
• 3/4 cup blanched and toasted hazelnuts, 1/4 cup reserved for garnish and 1/2 cup ground into a fine meal
• 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Filling
• 1/2 cup vegan butter
• 4 cups powdered sugar
• 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries, crushed into a powder after measuring
• 2-3 tsp plant milk to thin

Lemon Curd-adapted from here
• 1/2 cup unsweetened plain soy milk
• 1/4 cup aquafaba
• 6 tbsp granulated sugar
• 1 tbsp cornstarch
• zest and juice from two small lemons (about 1 tsp zest and 1/3 cup lemon juice)
• 1/8 tsp turmeric
• 5 tbsp vegan butter

Directions:
1. 1. Reduce aquafaba from 3/4 cup to 1/2 cup and refrigerate overnight. Beat in a clean bowl until soft peaks form.
Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

2. Add granulated sugar one tablespoon at a time and beat for 30 second. in between each addition. Meringue should become glossy and hold a bit of a peak when beaters are removed.
Strawberry Buttercream  and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

3. Sift together almond meal, 1/2 cup hazelnut meal and powdered sugar on a bowl and add to the meringue.
Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

4. Pour mix into a large piping bag fitted with a round tip. Trace the top of a bowl onto three sheets of parchment paper. Pipe in a spiraling motion onto parchment lined baking sheet (should make 4-5 large circles.)
Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

5. Bake at 200°F for two hours on the top shelf, then turn oven off and leave to cool to room temperature.Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

6. Make your buttercream and lemon curd. Beat butter until soft, then add the powdered sugar, the freeze dried strawberries, and soy milk to thin. Beat until fluffy and put in a piping bag with star shaped tip. Stir together soymilk, sugar, aquafaba, cornstarch, turmeric, and zest in small saucepan. Heat on medium high and stir in lemon juice and butter as it begins to thicken. Bring to a gentle bubble, then pour into a jar and refrigerate.
Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

7. When dacquoise discs are completely cooled, pipe buttercream in stars around the edges of three discs. Fill two in with cooled lemon curd, and the other with the strawberry buttercream.
Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

8. Stack layers and decorate the top as desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

imagStrawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise

Important Note: This should be stacked and served within the same day. The moisture of the lemon curd will cause the meringue to slowly collapse. While this is desirable to some extent, storing it overnight will destroy the structural integrity of the slices.

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4 Responses to “Strawberry Buttercream and Lemon Curd Dacquoise”

  1. Meghann Gervais-Lynch August 10, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    OMG! That has to be the prettiest cake I’ve ever seen! It’s my birthday next month… I may have to make this for myself 🙂

    • avocadosandales August 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      Thank you!! I’m pretty excited about It – I love lemon and strawberry together and this is just luscious!

  2. Dawn | KitchenTravels August 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Love it! So pretty. And I, too, love the strawberry-lemon combination. Another hit!

    • avocadosandales August 11, 2015 at 8:10 am #

      Put another one in the recipe files! It was my first time piping buttercream roses and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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