Schmoo Torte (Gluten-Free!)
Schmoo torte is very much a Winnipeg thing, though locals don’t tend to *know* how exclusively Winnipeg it is, til they move away!
What is Schmoo Torte?
Schmoo - or “Shmoo”, depending on who’s writing it - is a soft, pecan-laced angel food cake that is torted and filled with sweetened whipped cream, before being served up with a buttery caramel sauce.
This decadent cake is served at various bakeries and dessert restaurants around the city, and apparently it’s very common at Winnipeg Bar Mitzvahs- but you don't really see it anywhere else.
While it’s not generally something that people tend to make at home, it’s not actually all that difficult to make.
As a bonus, it's not something that has much pressure to look pretty, either! Slather some whipped cream on, messily drizzle that caramel over it... it's all good.
Gluten-Free Schmoo Torte
When it comes to doing a gluten-free cake, Schmoo adapts beautifully.
Where there is such a reliance on the egg whites for structure - and the fact that it includes nut meal, a staple in gluten-free baking - much of the concerns with GF baking don't even apply.
Choosing flours and starches purely for flavour and texture, this recipe produces a Schmoo torte that is virtually indistinguishable from the full-gluten source material.
Schmoo Torte is one of the over 80 recipes featured in my book, More Than Poutine.
More Gluten-Free Canadian Recipes
Do you love gluten-free Canadian treats like we do? Awesome! I have several more to share with you...
Dill Pickle Cream Cheese Dip
Gluten-Free Beaver Tails
Gluten-Free Chicken Mushroom Tourtiere
Gluten-Free Cod Cheeks & Dressing
Gluten-Free Imperial Cookies
Gluten-Free Pirate Cookies
Homemade Peameal & Back Bacon
Tiger Tail Ice Cream
... and I have a lot more Canadian Recipes (gluten-free and not), in my Canadian Recipes section!
This recipe is one of many fantastic Canadian recipes in my cookbook, "More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from my Home and Native Land”. "More than Poutine" is a Canadian cookbook like no other - written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional home cooking recipes, as well as accurate homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada! Order your copy here on this site, through Amazon, or through any major bookseller!
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Now, on to that Gluten-Free Schmoo Torte recipe!
Also, if you're interested in gluten-free cooking and baking, you should definitely check out my gluten-free cookbooks: Beyond Flour: A Fresh Approach to Gluten Free Cooking & Baking, and the sequel... Beyond Flour 2. You can order them right here on my website, through Amazon, or through any major bookseller.