Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shaum Torte - 3 points

For this month's Random Recipe Challenge, Dom challenged us to go through our cookbooks and randomly select a dessert recipe. I let my husband do the flipping open, and it took several books before he opened one to a page with a dessert.

The book was In the Kitchen with the AWA (American Women's Association). The recipe was shaum torte. I have to admit that I had never heard of shaum torte before, and I chose not to do an internet search for it because I wanted to rely solely on the recipe for instruction.

I was nervous about this challenge because we have been having wet, wet weather here. If it is not raining, it is humid. Since shaum torte looked like a meringue recipe to me, I was worried that it might not work in this weather. (Not only does our weather feel like a wet blanket, we are also suffering from a 13 year cicada infestation. If you do not live in an area "blessed" by cicadas, please click below. If you want the real sound, turn your volume up all the way.)

I can imagine that this is a lovely recipe, with a taste somewhere between a marshmallow (on the inside) and a meringue (on the outside). That would be on a dry day. Since we have no dry days here of late, it was a bit runny on the bottom. Even runny, though, it was good enough that I will try it again when we have a day with less humidity.

Shaum Torte
12 egg whites
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp vinegar
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Whipped Cream

1. Beat egg whites with salt, baking powder, and cream of tartar for about 10 minutes, until fluffy but not dry.
2. Add sugar and vinegar gradually while beating. Continue to beat 10-15 minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Beat in vanilla.
3. Spread into a 9x11 inch cake pan which has been greased only on the bottom. Preheat oven to 400F.
4. Place the pan in the oven. Turn the oven off. Do not open the oven for at least three hours, up to overnight. Before serving, top with fruit and whipped cream.
5. Yields 20, 3 point servings before whipped cream

One last thing, I wanted to give a little shout out to the Missouri Cattleman's Association. Today a friend in Missouri told me that the MCA has been serving hamburgers to the volunteers who are helping search, rescue, and clean up in Joplin, Missouri. Good on ya, MCA! Please continue to send love to this town where 125 are dead and 700 are still missing. 


  1. You have a lovely blog here. THis is a dessert I haven't heard of before. SOunds really intriguing.

    Bookmarked. Thanks for sharing

  2. Bleh! Wet blanket weather is the worst. We get that here sometimes too and the LAST thing I want to do is cook. Good on ya for braving this recipe in that kind of weather.

  3. nice work Angela... I love your blog too, I think you're amazingly brave to be doing this all in the public eye... this one looks good but I hadn't really thought how much the weather could effect cooking like this, makes total sense I guess but anyway, still looks good... my god those cicada are LOUD man!!!!!

  4. Delicious easy dessert. Love it.

  5. I have to try this. It is popular in certain Midwestern cities, so it must have some ethnic background. You've made me curious. Off to do some research. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. I've never had it - but like the light tastes. Alas and alack - no dry weather here also but I do like the point value so am noting it. Hooray Missouri Cattleman's Association. It's been a very scary spring.

  7. I've never heard of this dessert, but I like that it's so low in points. Thanks for sharing!

  8. A delightful treat! enjoy your Memorial day weekend :)
    US Masala

  9. Wonderful!! Have a great weekend :-)

  10. I had never heard of this dessert but am so glad you introduced me to it! Looks awesome!


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