Tea Time & Me — Yummy Cakes

I love TeaTime Magazine. I just received my latest edition and wow, as usual, fantastic stuff, especially all of the yummy goodies to go with tea (and coffee) and another batch of cake recipes to add to my already long list of “must-bake-this-over-the-Christmas-holidays-for-guests” list. The picture here is TeaTime’s featured recipe for November-December. I have included it below so get out those pans, put on the tea kettle, call some friends and enjoy a festive holiday treat!

Hazelnut Meringue Torte
Makes 1 torte

6 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoons cold water
1/4 cup boiling water
3 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup hazelnut flavored liqueur

Garnish: fresh raspberries, whipped cream, confectioners’ sugar

1. Preheat oven to 250º. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Draw 2 8-inch circles on one piece of parchment paper, and 1 circle on the second sheet.2. In large bowl and using electric mixer at high speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in hazelnuts. 3. Spoon or pipe meringue in 8-inch circles on prepared baking sheets. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn oven off, and leave meringues in oven, with oven door closed, 8 hours or until dry.4. In small bowl, soften gelatin in cold water; let stand 2 minutes. Add boiling water, stirring until gelatin dissolves.5. In large bowl and using electric mixer at high speed, beat heavy cream until thickened. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until soft peaks form. Stir in gelatin mixture and hazelnut liqueur; cover and refrigerate 4 hours.6. Place one meringue on serving platter. Spoon or pipe one-third of cream mixture onto meringue. Top with second meringue; repeat procedure with remaining cream and remaining meringues. 7. Garnish with fresh raspberries, whipped cream, and confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

A delight I am sure…I can see the pounds mounting already and for some really, really hard workouts after the holidays!

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