Friday, April 13, 2012

Heavenly Torte, Almost

     My mom had a recipe that she made often for special occasions, including Easter. She called it Heavenly Torte and it basically is a meringue base with whipping cream and strawberries on top. I have her recipe, but I'd never made it. I planned to make it for Easter dinner, but when I saw that I had to make it one day and let it sit overnight in the oven before assembly the next day, I decided to make a variation of the same dessert.

Almost Heavenly Torte

6 egg whites
1/2 tsp. cream of tarter
1 1/2 tsp. real vanilla
1 1/2 T. cornstarch
1 1/2 cups white sugar
pinch salt

1/2 pint whipping cream

Fresh (or frozen) Strawberries, sliced and slightly sweetened

Preheat oven to 275 degrees
Line baking sheet with parchment paper

Mix cornstarch with sugar and set aside.

     In mixing bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tarter and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar/cornstarch mixture, adding the vanilla after all the sugar is added. Continue to beat on high until stiff, glossy peaks form (see above picture). I actually used a hand mixer with no problems. It took about 3-4 minutes of beating to reach stiff peaks.

     With a large spoon, drop "globs" of the meringue onto the parchment paper, using the back of the spoon make a slight dent in the top. I made 8 large meringues using this recipe. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees and place the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven. Bake 50-55 minutes until shells appear firm, but not brown. Remove from parchment paper carefully to wire rack to cool. They will keep in a ziploc bag for a few days. They are soft and sticky on the inside.

     To serve: Whip the cream until stiff, do not add sugar. I placed a meringue on the plate, topped with the whipping cream and another meringue...then covered with berries. You can also do a single layer, filling the impression in the center with the whipping cream and adding strawberries to get 8 servings rather than 4.

     It tasted just like mom's overnight recipe and
was a light, sweet ending to a large meal.

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Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Again,
Have to say these lil heavenly treats really do look heavenly, and I love anything with strawberries.
Great recipe for Easter for sure.
pretty on those yellow plates too.

Hope you are doing well hon,
blessings, Nellie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum ! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Enjoy your weekend.

NanaDiana said...

Oh-That sounds so of my very favorite desserts in the world! YUM! xo Diana

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like a great dessert Sue, very pretty too:@)

nannykim said...

Different--looks good and gluten free ;-)

Gypsy Heart said...

Looks and sounds delish! I like the idea of using this type meringue rather than the original...I always forget to "start" the original. :-)


Gypsy Heart said...

Looks and sounds delish! I like the idea of using this type meringue rather than the original...I always forget to "start" the original. :-)


Angie said...

That does look quite heavenly, Sue! I'm generally too full to really consider Easter dessert, but this sounds like a fantastic option.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Yummy, and we have a fridge full of berries! :D I might try this tomorrow night. I've bookmarked this page. Thanks for posting!


Patrice said...

Looks pretty heavenly to me!

Shweta Pathak said...

Data entry
pretty photos

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