|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 59g||76%|
|Saturated Fat 26g||132%|
|Total Carbohydrate 77g||28%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|Total Sugars 71g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This recipe for Serbian reform torte or reforma torta is a rich, many-layered walnut sponge cake with creamy chocolate filling.
Some believe it came into being with the post-WWII Communist reforms when eggs, butter, finer flour, chocolate, and nuts were more available and could be "squandered" on a rich dessert.
Reform Torte is featured at Christmas and Easter time and for many families' slavas. You won't use any egg yolks in this recipe, so you can freeze the egg yolks for another recipe.
Walnut Sponge Cake:
10 large egg whites
2 1/2 cups sugar
10 1/2 ounces walnuts, ground, not chopped
2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs, or dry cake crumbs
Chocolate Cream Filling:
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 pound (2 cups) unsalted butter, softened
5 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
Steps to Make It
Make the Walnut Sponge
Place rack in middle of oven and heat to 350 F. Lightly butter four 9 x 3-inch loaf pans and then line the bottoms with parchment paper.
Whip egg whites until stiff. Slowly add sugar and again whip to stiff peaks. Mix walnuts with breadcrumbs and gently fold into egg whites until well incorporated.
Divide batter evenly among prepared loaf pans and bake about 7 to 12 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly pressed and edges are just beginning to color. Remove from oven and cool in pan 3 minutes.
Run a knife around the edge of the sponge cake to loosen it. Carefully invert onto a cooling rack and peel off the parchment paper. Let cool completely. When cool, split each sponge cake in half horizontally so you have 8 layers.
Make the Filling
Melt chocolate in a microwave and set aside to cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, beat butter on low for 2 minutes, then on medium for 3 minutes and finally on high for 5 minutes.
Place egg whites and sugar in a double boiler over medium heat. Transfer to a mixing bowl and whip on high until stiff peaks form.
Fold the melted chocolate into the whipped butter, then gently fold in the egg whites until all traces of white are gone. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Assemble the Torte
Place 1 layer of walnut sponge on a serving tray and spread on a layer of chocolate filling. Repeat until all 8 layers are stacked on top of each other.
Frost the top and sides of the torte with the remaining chocolate filling. If desired, garnish with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, but this is not necessary.
Raw Egg Warning
Consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs poses a risk of foodborne illness.