Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Strawberry Meringue Torte

This is a recipe I got from a friend. We had at for dinner at his house, and I haven't yet made it myself. I can't remember if he got the recipe from his mother or grandmother, or great aunt.

cake layer:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cup sifted cake flour (about 5 ounces regular flour, sifted)


4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoons cream of tarter

filling and topping:

berries for the middle of the cake, lightly sweetened
1/2 cup slivered almonds, for the top

Preheat the oven for 325 degrees.
Grease, paper, and grease two cake pans.
Cream the butter, sugar, and egg yolks.
Mix the dry ingredients, and add to the creamed mixture, alternately with the milk.
Put into the pans.

Make the meringue by mixing the egg whites, and cream of tartar and beating until foamy, then gradually add the sugar and beat until nice and stiff.
Spoon the meringue onto the batter, sprinkle with the almonds, and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Cool a bit, them remove from pans and cool on a wrack.

When cool, find a lovely serving plate and place the first layer on the plate with the meringue side down. Then spoon on the sweetened berries, and place on to the second layer, with the meringue side up.

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