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Strawberry Blitz Torte

I really love baking up my mom's German torte. Don't be intimidated by this dessert—it's much easier to put together than you might think!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • MERINGUE:
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • FILLING:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325°. Line bottoms of two greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Transfer to prepared pans.
  • For meringue, with clean beaters, beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Spread over batter in pans; sprinkle with almonds.
  • Bake 28-32 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool completely in pans on wire racks (meringue will crack).
  • Meanwhile, for filling, in a small heavy saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool completely.
  • Loosen edges of cakes from pans with a knife. Using two large spatulas, carefully remove one cake to a serving plate, meringue side up. Gently spread with filling. Arrange strawberries over filling. Top with remaining cake layer, meringue side up. If desired, serve with whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice (calculated without whipped cream): 299 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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