Strawberry Hazelnut Torte
Total TimePrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon 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. 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 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 a 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.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 247 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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Jun 13, 2012
A terrific dessert for 'gluten free' guests. It will also be a wonderful treat for friends and family who enjoy meringues. Read the 'reviews' in-order-to pick up any necessary tricks. Follow every step in the directions - to avoid any errors. Very nice treat!
Feb 14, 2010
This is an impressive dessert that looks fantastic and tastes incredible. I and several members of my family are gluten intolerant and this torte makes a great birthday "cake".I suggest following the recipe exactly. The first time I made it, I tried to cut corners by folding the hazelnuts into the meringue before forming it into circles. That did not work out. I thought it might me something else I did wrong, and so I folded them in again on the second try. WRONG!!! It only worked on the third try, in which I followed the directions. Huh. This is a keeper!