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Strawberry Hazelnut Torte

 Strawberry Hazelnut Torte
"This beautiful dessert is a very big hit at parties," relates Phyllis Amboss of Pacific Palisades, California. "The tender meringues have a wonderful hazelnut flavor with layers of chocolate, whipped cream and berries. "I got the recipe when we were in Israel for a few months in 1979. I had no cookbooks with me, and my hairdresser gave me an old Australian cookbook with this recipe in it. I
10-12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • Additional fresh strawberries, halved


  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Trace two
  • 8-in. circles 1/2 in. apart on the paper; set aside.
  • Add vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and salt to egg whites; beat until
  • soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until
  • stiff peaks form. Spread over paper circles. Sprinkle with
  • hazelnuts; cut through meringues with a knife to swirl nuts.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until the meringue and nuts are
  • lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet. When completely cool, remove

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Strawberry Hazelnut Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • meringues from paper; store in an airtight container. In a
  • microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Cool to
  • room temperature.
  • To assemble, place one meringue, flat side down, on a serving plate;
  • spread with half of the melted chocolate. In a large bowl, beat
  • cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and
  • remaining vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread half over
  • chocolate layer. Arrange sliced strawberries over whipped cream.
  • Spread flat side of remaining meringue with melted chocolate. Place
  • chocolate side down over strawberries; spread with remaining whipped
  • cream. Refrigerate for up to 4 hours before serving. Garnish with
  • halved strawberries. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 247 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.