Strawberry Schaum Torte (Meringue, Ice Cream & Berries)

I just got word from my CSA—the strawberry harvest is in! This means that for the next two weeks, I will be eating strawberries in every conceivable form, then preserving more to last out the winter. 

Strawberries and Strawberry Schaum Torte

Strawberries and Strawberry Schaum Torte

One of my favorite super-easy treats is strawberries in cream. Simply slice the berries, top with cream or half & half, then sprinkle with sugar.  But when I really want to indulge I have a strawberry schaum torte.  

Strawberry Schaum Torte

Strawberry Schaum Torte

A base of fluffy-crisp meringue topped with ice cream, drizzled with strawberries and finished with whipped cream, it was the quintessential restaurant dessert here in the 70s.  

Akin to the more famous Pavlova, “the meringue dessert most familiar to Wisconsinites is the schaum torte, a specialty of German origin. (Schaum is German for foam.) The schaum torte can be traced to Wisconsin in the 1870s, according to “The Joy of Cooking”” (source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

In my youth I always brightened to hear these listed on the dessert menu. Yes, back then, I could polish off a full dinner and still have room for a good sized dessert.

Strawberry Schaum Torte Closeup

Strawberry Schaum Torte Closeup

So now I’ll skip dinner! 

If you can find bakery meringues, these are super easy to make (in a pinch you can even make a base of crumbled meringue cookies). But in truth, meringue isn’t hard to work with even from scratch. See my earlier Strawberry Meringue Cup post for instructions.  Berries-in-bowl

Here’s to a bountiful Strawberry Harvest! 

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Strawberry Schaum Torte
 
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Fluffy-crisp meringue topped with ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream, Strawberry Schaum Torte is perfect to celebrate the strawberry harvest.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 meringues
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • ½ cup whipped cream (or part of a nice spray bottle)
Instructions
  1. Slice strawberries into a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar. Mash a few berries, then stir to combine. Let sit for at least 10 minutes to macerate (bring out the juice)
  2. Set meringues on individual serving plates. Top each with a scoop of ice cream. Drizzle with berries and finish with a dollop (or squirt) of whipped cream. Serve immediately.

 

 

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20 thoughts on “Strawberry Schaum Torte (Meringue, Ice Cream & Berries)

  1. Kathy

    These look fabulous, Inger! I picked strawberries last week from a farm by me…I love the sweet smell of fresh strawberries. I’m going to give these a try…I’ve never made a schaum torte. I made strawberry shortcake with mine, and of-course jam!

  2. Beth

    I love pavlovas, and even though I haven’t heard of schaum tortes, I know I’d love them too! I hadn’t made meringues until a few years ago, and was surprised at how easy they were. This is an absolutely perfect way to enjoy fresh summer fruit.

    1. Inger

      I need to expand into more forms of meringue. I soooo agree about the ease of preparation–my reaction was definitely “why didn’t I try this before!”

  3. David

    Wow, this looks beautiful! I am in Germany right now and enjoying the fresh strawberries every day! Maybe I need to make Schaumtorte for our hosts when we travel to Zürich!

  4. grace

    while i’m perfectly content to eat strawberries as simply as they come naturally, this is a much more exciting way to consume them. looks lovely!!

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