Cherry Cassata Torte

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Makes:
12 servings
Prep:
45 mins
Chill:
6 mins
Cool:
1 hr 30 mins
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Cherry Cassata Torte

Ingredients
1
10 3/4 ounce loaf frozen pound cake, thawed
3
tablespoons kirsch (cherry brandy)*
2
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1
cup whole milk ricotta cheese
3/4
cup sugar
3
tablespoons all-purpose flour
3
eggs
2
5 ounce bar milk chocolate, chopped
2/3
cup sliced almonds, toasted
2/3
cup dried tart cherries, snipped
1/3
cup whipping cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a serrated knife, cut pound cake into ten 1/2-inch slices. Drizzle slices with kirsch. Arrange some of the cake around side of a 9-inch springform pan. Arrange remaining cake on bottom of pan, cutting to fit; set aside.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl combine cream cheese, ricotta cheese, the 3/4 cup sugar, and flour. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs; beat just until combined. Stir in 1/4 cup of the chopped chocolate pieces, 1/3 cup of the almonds, and the dried cherries. Pour into cake-lined pan, spreading evenly.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a 1-1/2-inch area around outside edge appears set and center appears nearly set when gently shaken. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Using a knife, loosen edge of torte from side of pan. Remove side of pan; cool on rack for 1 hour. Cover loosely and chill for 6 to 24 hours.
  4. To serve, in a medium microwave-safe bowl microwave 1/3 cup of the cream, uncovered, on 100-percent power (high) for 30 to 60 seconds or until bubbly. Stir in remaining chocolate until melted. Spoon over top of cake. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.

From the Test Kitchen

*

If you prefer, substitute a mixture of 2 tablespoons melted strawberry jam and 1 tablespoon vanilla for the kirsch.

Nutrition Facts

(Cherry Cassata Torte)
    Per serving:
  • 624 kcal cal.,
  • 43 g fat
  • (23 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 13 g monounsatured fat),
  • 174 mg chol.,
  • 217 mg sodium,
  • 50 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 38 g sugar,
  • 12 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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