Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Strawberry Schaum Torte

These wonderful, lightly sweet and crunchy dessert shells are also called Meringues or Pavlova.  However, in Wisconsin, we call them Schaum Tortes.  Instead of a birthday cake, my family often requests this dessert. 

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup white sugar
coconut, if desired

sliced strawberries, sweetened with a little sugar - set aside until juicy
vanilla ice cream
whipped cream

Heat oven to 275 degrees.  Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in small mixer bowl until foamy.  Slowly beat in sugar (a tablespoon at a time).  Continue beating until stiff and glossy.  Do not under beat.  Drop meringues by 1/3 to 1/2 cupfuls onto parchment.  Shape into circles with the back of a spoon,  building up the sides.  Sprinkle each with 1 TBS coconut if desired.

Bake 1 1/2 hours.  Turn off oven; leave meringue in oven with door closed for 1 hour.  Finish cooling meringue at room temperature. 

Top with vanilla ice cream, sweetened strawberries and whipped cream.

**Tip:  When you separate your eggs, watch that not even a speck of yolk gets in there.  You also need a super clean mixing bowl.  Even the tiniest bit of fat will prevent your egg whites from whipping up properly.

Also, I do not recommend that you make these on a humid or rainy day.  They may become sticky and tough.

Serves 8-10

Source:  Betty Crocker


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