Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stitching Group

I have been a member of a stitching group for, I think, eleven years.  We meet everyother week at someone's house to work on projects. There are 5 of us.  Four of us always work on some sort of needle project, cross stitch, quilting etc, except Patty.  We keep threatening to kick out of the group but, I don't think she takes us very seriously.  She still doesn't bring a project.   The host for the evening prepares dessert and other delectables.  I had group on Wednesday, August 24th and made Raspberry Schaum Torte.  Here is the recipe. 
For the Meringue
6 Egg whites
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsps cream of tartar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar

Fruit topping
3 c. raspberries
2 Tbsp. sugar

To make the meringues:  Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt and the cream of tartar until soft peaks form.  Add the vanilla.  Gradually add the sugar one tablespoon at a time until all is added and glossy peaks form. 
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (I use two cookie sheets).  Scoop about 3/4 c of the meringue and drop on the cookie sheet, should be about 3 inches in diameter.  With the back of a spoon, shape a shallow well in the center of each mound.  This makes 8-10 meringues.
Place in oven and bake for one hour.  Turn off the oven and let sit for at least two hours or longer, best if over night.  Slip the meringue in a single layer in a paper bag.  If i'm not going to use the oven, I leave them in there.  You want to keep them dry.  They will keep 3-4 days.
Mix the berries and sugar together long enough to get some juice.
To serve:  Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center well, spoon berries and juice over the top of ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream. 
This is one of my favs.  It is really easy but, looks very impressive, I think.

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