Egg Foam Pie {Šampita}

Egg Foam Pie? I know it sounds weird, but that would be a literal translation for one of my favorite childhood desserts. All of my Bosnian friends know what I’m talking about here – šampita! :)

Šampita is one of many traditional Bosnian desserts. It’s been around for a very long time when fancy ingredients were not available and the most basic ingredients were used to make a dessert. It’s easy and quick to make. Bakeries usually make it with just a layer of puff pastry on the bottom, but this is a kind that’s made at home and it belongs to the category of sugar syrup soaked desserts, such as baklava, gulab jamun, etc. The cake part will soak up the syrup from the meringue and it will be moist and meringue is just sweet enough, fluffy with a hint of lemon.

To me, šampita tastes like childhood, like worry free days, like playing outside, picking flowers, and endless laughter and happiness.

Egg Foam Pie

Egg Foam Pie {Šampita}

[Printable recipe]

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs at room temperature (divided)
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 6 TBSP sugar
  • 6 TBSP milk
  • 6 TBSP cooking oil
  • 6 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Syrup:

  • 24 TBSP (about 250 g) sugar
  • About 0.85 cup (2 dl) water

Also needed:

  • 9 X 13 inch baking pan 2 or 3 inches deep (22 X 23 X 5 cm)
  • Parchment paper
  • 2 oz chocolate (about 50 g)
  • 2 TBSP sour cream

Preparation:

  1. Divide eggs. Place egg whites into a large mixing bowl. Beat egg yolks with sugar until pale yellow, then add milk, oil and at the end flour combined with baking powder.
  2. Pour the batter into the baking pan covered with parchment paper and bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes or until you notice edges starting to get lightly brown.
  3. While the cake is baking, add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and mix them at the highest speed. When they are done add lemon juice and mix some more. They are done when you turn the bowl upside down and they don’t move. Leave the egg whites in the bowl as you will have to add the syrup.
  4. While the meringue is in making, place sugar and water for the syrup into a small pot and bring it to boil. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Then remove from heat and slowly start pouring into the egg whites while they’re still at the highest speed. You will notice the volume of the mixture quickly increasing.
  5. Now the cake should be done too, so remove it from the oven and spread the meringue all over the cake. It doesn’t matter that it’s too hot. Spread evenly and smooth it out and place it in the oven for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove it from the oven and set it on the counter.
  6. If you wish, you can melt chocolate, combine with some sour cream and drizzle over the cake.
  7. Place it in the fridge and let it cool completely. Enjoy this moist, light and fluffy dessert.

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14 thoughts on “Egg Foam Pie {Šampita}

  1. fromthefamilytable April 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Another great dessert. When are you opening your bakery? I forwarded this post to my daughter who does desserts for their restaurant.

    • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com April 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm Reply

      Thank you Darryl! Maybe one day when kids are old enough and are out of the home… :) Hopefully your daughter will find it interesting enough to try it.

  2. Bam's Kitchen April 5, 2014 at 7:39 am Reply

    Gorgeous Sibella! I would want to be a kid again just to enjoy this dessert. I have not had anything ever like it before, sounds so light and fluffy and delicious. Have a super weekend. How is your painting coming along? BAM

    • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com April 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm Reply

      Thank you Bobbi! It was really delicious and a nice reminder of some nice times. Painting is going well, right now I am working on some watercolors. Have a great weekend too! :)

  3. DLCS Management April 6, 2014 at 4:56 am Reply

    IVe got to start baking/making my childhood desserts!

  4. Karen April 7, 2014 at 8:42 am Reply

    Isn’t it nice that we can enjoy food that takes us back to wonderful memories of our childhood. I know I would enjoy your dessert.

  5. Korena in the Kitchen April 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm Reply

    Ooooh, yummy! I bet people who like lemon meringue pie would like this. Love reading about your food memories, too!

  6. Adri May 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm Reply

    What an intriguing dessert! I have never heard of it, but it sounds wonderful. Thank you for the introduction!

  7. Elke van de Rijt August 11, 2014 at 10:01 am Reply

    it sure brings up great memories for me as well :) made it last night and we all get to enjoy this wonderful piece of heaven thanks to you! hvala puno!!!

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