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Meringue Torte Recipe

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Meringue Torte

Meringue Torte

© 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This meringue torte recipe is the one of the best and most elegant ways to use leftover egg whites. Meringue tortes have been around forever in almost every culture. A meringue cake in Czech is pĕnový dort bezé. Poles call meringues bezy and Hungarians say habcsók. When sweetened whipped egg whites are piped into round disks and baked, they become the "cake" layers for a torte filled with custard, mousse, whipped cream and fruit or flavored fillings. Nut meringues also exist. Next time you separate eggs, freeze the egg whites.

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Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 1 (9-inch) Meringue Torte

Ingredients:

  • 5 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Chocolate shavings or fresh berries or sliced fruit

Preparation:

  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees. Draw two 9-inch circles on parchment paper separated by at least 2 inches. Flip the paper over, place it on a baking sheet, and lightly coat the paper with cooking spray.

  2. In a perfectly grease-free bowl or stand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff. Gradually beat in the granulated sugar, and then beat in vanilla. Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of the confectioners' sugar at a time over the top of the egg whites and gently fold it in by hand.

  3. Using a piping bag, pipe the meringue into concentric circles following the outline of the circles. OR, using the back of a spoon or a spatula, spread the meringue into circle shapes, following the guidelines on the parchment paper, and level out.

  4. Bake 30 minutes if you like a marshmallowy interior, or 40 minutes for a crispier texture. Leave pan in the oven but turn off the oven and leave the door ajar about 2 inches. Let meringue cool completely in oven.

  5. Because the meringue is so sweet, the whipped cream doesn't have to be sweetened. Combine whipped cream with chocolate shavings or fresh berries or other sliced fruit. Place one cooled meringue disk on a serving platter, spread with half of the cream, top with second meringue disk and remaining cream. While this is best served as close to assembly as possible, it will keep refrigerated, but the meringue will become a little soggy.

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