Sunday, March 28, 2010

Schaumtorte

Spring! Spring means strawberries. Strawberries mean dessert. This is a yummy, lowfat dessert (well relatively lowfat as desserts go) that includes those wonderful strawberries. You can also make it in the summer with fresh peaches. It seems most cultures have a version of this meringue dessert. This is the German version. There used to be a rester . . .restara . . .resterau . .. place to eat here in town that served German food. This was the only dessert on the menu. People came from miles around to eat there and enjoy the Weinerschnitzel, Spaetzle, and Schaumtorte. Unfortunately, they are no longer in business, but the Schaumtorte lives on!

1 cup egg whites (6-8 eggs- doesn't have to be exact)(Save the yolks. You can mix them with 1/2 tsp. salt, put them in a ziplock bag and freeze them for later use. A great way to use them is in Egg Yolk Cookies- recipe follows)
1 tsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
Combine the above ingredients and Beat at high speed until very, very stiff. Leave the mixer on and very slowly add the 2 cups sugar. Butter or spray well two glass or ceramic pie pans (not metal) Be sure to spray the sides and lip, too. Divide the mixture betwee the two pans. Bake at 300 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 and bake for 30 minutes more. Then turn off the oven and DO NOT open it. Just leave the tortes in there for about three more hours without disturbing.
Remove from oven. Very carefully remove the top peak from each torte. Fill with fresh, sweetened whipped cream ( 1 pint cream beaten with 2 T. sugar and 1 tsp vanilla) and fresh strawberries or peaches mixed with sugar. Top with the piece of broken torte. Oh my gosh, yum!

2 comments:

Kristen Mackrory said...

This was DELICIOUS! Thanks for making it for us! We loved it.

jscardon said...

Yum! This looks really good. It almost sounds like Sachertorte which is another amazing Austrian dessert I gained 10 lbs eating while in Vienna.:)