While we're on the subject of torte recipes, here's another one we used to have all the time when I was growing up. This one actually is a torte, in that there's a baked, cake-like component. It's really quite good.
6 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
Red currant jelly
1 pint Cool Whip or whipped cream
Beat egg whites until stiff and gradually add sugar and baking powder. When mixture looks like meringue, fold in graham cracker crumbs and walnuts. Grease pie pan and bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. The top will be somewhat cracked. Cool and spread with a layer of currant jelly, then top with Cool Whip or whipped cream.
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When I was a kid, we had red currant jelly all the time and there was even a Smucker's variety. These days it's a little harder to come by, but I've noticed that Target carries it. I like it because it's more tart and tangy than a lot of other jellies. It makes a great PB&J, too.