Chocolate Hazelnut Schaum Torte

Unless you’re from Wisconsin, you may never have heard of Schaum Torte (foam cake), a favorite among German immigrant families.  You may have heard of this dessert called simply "a meringue," “Pavlova” or even a "Bizet."  Essentially all of the desserts are one in the same -- meringue, filled with sweetened whipped cream, and topped with fruit.  This version is embellished with cocoa powder, hazelnut extract, and chopped bittersweet chocolate.
Chocolate Hazelnut Schaum Torte
serves 6-8

6 egg whites
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
2 tsp hazelnut extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 T cocoa powder
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

freshly whipped cream

Bring all ingredients to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 250ºF
Butter an 8 inch springform pan, and set aside.

Beat egg whites for 10 minutes; whites should be very stiff.  Gradually add sugar to egg whites while continuing to beat them at medium speed.  Then, add balsamic vinegar, hazelnut extract, and baking powder. Beat an additional 10 minutes.  Fold in cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate bits, being careful not to deflate the meringue.

Spread the meringue mixture into the buttered springform pan.  Place in the oven and bake for about one hour and ten minutes.  Allow to cool in oven.

Serve dolloped with whipped cream and garnished with fresh raspberries.

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Fitness Foodie said...

Sounds like a deliciously light dessert.

m3 ds said...

These torte is simply heavenly. makes me hungry!
Great recipe. Keep posting!

Trish said...

Yes, Pavlova. I am so sold on this looks delicious!