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Boccone Dolce
CATEGORY: Dessert
Strawberries, chocolate, cream, crunch...The perfect combo for a decadent dessert!!
Boccone
SERVINGS:8

PREP TIME: 30 min.

COOK TIME: 2 hrs.

INGREDIENTS
FILLING
6 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate pieces
3 tablespoons water
3 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons powdered (confectioner's) sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced*
MERINGUE LAYERS:
4 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup superfine sugar (also called Baker's sugar)
2 pints strawberries, sliced; sugared
Chocolate Curls (for garnish)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Melt over hot water the chocolate pieces and water. When perfectly smooth, remove from heat and cool (but don't let harden).
  2. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff; gradually add powdered sugar and then vanilla extract.
  3. Slice two pints of strawberries: One is used between cake layers, the other is sliced, sugared and refrigerated to produce more juice. The sugared berries are served as a sauce. Save several whole berries for garnish.
  4. Strawberry Slicing Tip: Use your egg slicer. Stem the strawberries first, then slice just like you would a boiled egg. Much quicker than using a knife.
  5. To assemble, place a meringue layer on a serving plate, rounded side down. Spread a VERY THIN coating of chocolate over it. NOTE: GO EASY on chocolate - too much will make it impossible to cut cake!
  6. Top chocolate with a layer (about 3/4-inch thick) of whipped cream. Top cream with a layer of sliced berries. Place a second layer of meringue on top of this, and repeat filling. Top with final meringue, rounded side up, and frost sides and top smoothly with remaining whipped cream. Additional cream may be used to pipe a design onto sides and top of cake.
  7. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with several whole strawberries and chocolate curls.
  8. MERINGUE LAYERS:
  9. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Using a mixer, beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until meringue is stiff and glossy.
  10. Line baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper. Trace three, 8-inch circles on paper.
  11. With a rubber spatula, spread meringue evenly and equally over top of the circles. Bake approximately 2 hours or until meringue becomes bisque colored. NOTE: The low temperature will prevent them from browning too quickly. Then turn off oven, open oven door and let meringues "rest" in oven another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully peel off parchment or waxed paper. Put cake on racks to dry until thoroughly cool.
  12. Once cooled, meringues may be wrapped in saran and frozen. NOTE: I wrap each meringue in several saran layers, then stack (gently!) in a large plastic container for freezing. Remove from freezer at least an hour before assembling.