This lower-fat substitute for Schaum Torte--basically, a large meringue filled with strawberries and topped with whipped cream, is guaranteed to satisfy every chocoholic in the house.
4 large egg whites
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 teaspoons water
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh raspberries
Mint sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 200°.
To prepare meringue, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw a 9-inch circle on paper. Turn paper over; secure with masking tape. Place egg whites and salt in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add juice and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.
Spoon egg white mixture into 9-inch circle on prepared baking sheet. Shape meringue into a nest with 1-inch sides using the back of a spoon. Bake at 200° for 1 hour. Turn oven off; cool meringue in closed oven for 30 minutes. Carefully remove meringue from paper.
To prepare topping, place chocolate and water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring every 20 seconds.
Arrange berries on top of meringue; drizzle with chocolate sauce. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.
The meringue is perfect on the edges - but gets soggy in the middle under the fruit. I'll stick to bite-sized cookies next time, but this was fun for a novelty. Skip the tempered chocolate step and just drizzle on chocolate syrup.