Banana/Berry Torte

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Makes

    12

    servings

Appears in

Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook

Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook

By Nell B. Nichols

Published 1972

  • About

Make and freeze meringue to simplify completing dessert on party day

Ingredients

Meringue shell

  • 5 egg whites (room temperature)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • c. sugar (sifted)

Cream filling

  • 2 (3 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
  • 1 tblsp. lemon juice
  • ½ c. sifted confectioners sugar
  • ½ c. mashed ripe bananas
  • Few drops red food color
  • 1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 c. heavy cream, whipped

Glazed banana slices

  • 2 tblsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 6 tblsp. water
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Reserved strawberry juice
  • ¼ tsp. red food color (about)
  • 2 bananas

Method

  • To make meringue shell, beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form (about 10 minutes).
  • Cover a baking sheet with heavy brown paper. Draw a heart shape, 12" high on the paper. Spread meringue to edges of heart shape; build up sides 2" to make a shell.
  • Bake in very slow oven (250°) 1½ hours. Turn off heat; leave meringue in closed oven 3 hours. Remove from paper with spatula.
  • To make filling, soften cream cheese; beat in lemon juice, confectioners sugar, mashed bananas and food color.
  • Drain strawberries, reserving juice (refreeze juice, if you wish). Fold berries and whipped cream into cheese mixture. Spoon filling into meringue shell. Wrap carefully and freeze.
  • On the day you plan to serve the torte, combine cornstarch, white sugar, water, lemon juice, reserved strawberry juice and food color in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until glaze is thick and clear; cool slightly.
  • Remove filled meringue from freezer; unwrap.
  • Peel bananas; score with a fork; slice. Arrange slices on filling; spoon glaze over bananas. Refrigerate 1 to 3 hours.