Friday, December 12, 2008

Strawberry Torte

Lots of people were writing about Coq au Vin yesterday, so I made some for dinner last night, except that I used white zinfandel instead of red wine. But I'm not here to talk about that, since everyone else did so well at it. Maybe another time.

Thor is very happy because another of his people arrived home last night. Son and dog are currently snoozing, which is better than the "happy dance" clogging my
kitchen last night. Another son and his father are currently cooking up a scheme to maybe replace my kitchen and breakfast room floors (NOT before Christmas, guys!). It will happen if they want it to. I don't have much say over construction type matters, although I paint and wallpaper at will.

No, today is about a strawberry torte. My dearly beloved has been having tooth issues this week - it happens - and I needed an easy to chew dessert which would delight him to the core. What does this man love above all else? Meringue. Strawberries. Bingo! With so much ice cream experimentation going on, there just happen to be egg whites around. Many of them.


Torte Shell:

4 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups sugar


1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 pound strawberries, fresh or frozen, sliced

For the torte shell, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until stiff and shiny. Spoon into a greased pie plate. Bake at 275F for one hour, turn off the oven, and leave the torte in the oven until it cools down. No
peeking, or your torte will collapse!

For the filling, whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla. Fold in the sliced strawberries. Spoon into the cooled torte shell.

It won't look pretty when you serve it, unless you put it in the refrigerator for a while. But you can expect it to disappear, so it won't matter how it looks then, will it?

And Paula, your little one will just love this!


Pam said...

You are such a sweet wife! Do you make a dessert every night? My husband and children would be so happy if I did that. The strawberry torte looks amazing.

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Now that is some eye candy for people like me with a sweet tooth. You are so sweet to think of your husband's tooth problem. I'll be curious to see what happens with your kitchen floors before or after Christmas.

Unknown said...

I'm guessing you might lose the battle of the floors. Kinda like my window turning into a door - even after JB said no, he was going to wait. Well you saw how that turned out :)

Just stay out of the way and order take out until they are done - that will get it finished in no time. g

veedogknitter said...

OHMY...that looks heavenly!

Paula said...

Glad that your son made it home safely. I saw the weather pattern over your area and it looks like Mother Nature is planning something full-force strength! I hope your hubby's tooth issues are quickly resolved ... any mouth/tooth pain is just so awful as you well know. I bet this luscious strawberry torte was very palate pleasing, though! I just love the color of that filling! This would look very pretty on the Christmas dinner table, too! You are so sweet to think of my littlest torte. You are sooo right - she'd love this as would her mother, father, and siblings! Yet another reason for her to want to move to your house! Let us know what the final decision is regarding your floors!

Anonymous said...

I have a ton of egg whites too, this might be the perfect thing to make...looks delish.

pam said...

This looks yummy! I want to hear all about your chicken with white wine. I think it would be so much better than with red.