Chocolate Meringue Torte, also known as Chocolate Torte Royal has been a dessert highlight in my home since I was a child. My mom, Nada Greer, always made it for Christmas Eve dinner. We have continued the tradition by serving this special dessert on Christmas Eve and sometimes New Year’s Eve too.
From our childhood neighbor Aunt Grace
The recipe was originally shared by a childhood neighbor in Fair Oaks, CA we affectionately called “Aunt Grace.” Aunt grace did everything with grace and flair! We love keeping her recipe alive.
Chocolate Meringue Torte is a timeless classic. It’s simply a showstopper! This dessert has just as much WOW factor now as it did back in the 1960’s.
A meringue shell forms the dessert’s base and gives the torte graceful presentation. And the puddle of chocolate mousse filling and a whipped cream cloud sprinkled with chocolate curls is beautiful. For the meringue, you’ll want to whip the egg whites with salt and vinegar until they are stiff, then gradually add sugar and cinnamon. You can spread the egg whites with the back of a spoon, or place them in a piping bag to create the meringue shell.
Beyond the beauty, the taste is amazing. The crisp sweet meringue has a touch of cinnamon. You paint a thin layer of melted milk chocolate over the baked meringue which hardens and creates a shell to keep the meringue crisp.
Next a fluffy layer of whipped cream gently kissed by cinnamon, followed by more whipped cream folded into a silky layer of rich chocolate mousse. Let this mousse firm up in the fridge for an hour or so, then add the final layer of whipped cream. Spread the cream within an inch or two of the meringue edge so you can see a rim of chocolate.
To garnish, use a vegetable peeler and gently peel the sides of a giant Hershey bar. My hands are warm enough to keep the chocolate soft so it peels easily. If the bar is cold, try putting it in the microwave for 9 seconds. Then generously sprinkle chocolate shavings and chocolate curls over the cream.
Voila! A masterpiece! Such a flavor and texture explosion! This recipe is a family tradition we hold dear. We hope you’ll love it too.
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For Meringue Shell
- 3 egg whites
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon white vinegar
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Brown paper bag
- 6 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 6 Tablespoons water
- 2 cups whipping cream
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
For Meringue shell
On a piece of brown paper, draw a 9-inch circle; place paper on cookie sheet.
Beat 3 egg whites with salt and vinegar until stiff. Gradually add sugar and cinnamon.
Spread egg whites ¼ inch thick on paper circle. Smooth the surface. Mound remainder around edges.
Bake at 275 degrees for one hour. Don’t open oven door. Let dry in oven without opening door for several hours or overnight.
Whip the cream until thick. Add sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Divide in half.
Melt milk chocolate in double boiler over low heat.
Spread 3 Tablespoons melted milk chocolate on bottom of baked meringue shell.
Add semi-sweet chocolate to remaining milk chocolate until melted.
Add egg yolks and water. If chocolate hardens, just keep mixing and it will smooth out. Set aside to cool and thicken.
When cool, fold chocolate mixture into ½ of whipped cream.
Spread ½ of remaining whipped cream over milk chocolate in shell (this is now ¼ of total whipped cream.)
Spoon the layer of chocolate-egg yolk-whipped cream mixture into shell. Smooth.
Top with remaining ¼ of whipped cream. Leave a 1-2 inch border of chocolate showing.
Garnish with chocolate shavings and curls.*
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving.
Additional waiting time is needed for meringue to sit in closed oven several hours and for torte to set up in refrigerator.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 94mg Sodium: 84mg Carbohydrates: 40g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 37g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
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