Seven-Layer Strawberry Torte

Strawberry Torte

Photography by Zac Williams

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Seven-Layer Strawberry Torte


This spectacular treat is an easy but elegant twist on everyone’s favourite dessert—strawberry shortcake.

8 cups sliced fresh strawberries plus 1 whole strawberry

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided

3 large eggs

1 cup milk

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla, divided

6 (8-inch diameter) pita bread

2 cups heavy cream

In a bowl, gently stir together the sliced strawberries and 1⁄2 cup sugar; set aside. In a pie plate or other shallow pan, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Soak each pita in egg mixture for about 2 minutes, or until softened.

Heat a medium frying pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add 1 soaked pita to the pan, cover, and cook on each side for 1–2 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Repeat process and cool cooked pitas to room temperature; sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over each pita.

Place the cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1⁄2 cup sugar in a large bowl and beat until thick and peaks start to form.

To assemble the torte, place 1 pita in the center of a large round serving platter. Spread 2⁄3 cup whipped cream evenly over the top and arrange 1 cup sliced strawberries over the cream. Repeat layers ending with whipped top and arrange 1 cup sliced strawberries over the cream. Repeat layers ending with whipped cream and the whole strawberry on top to garnish.

Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Gibbs Smith.

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