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Cherry Cassata Torte

Makes: 12 servings
Prep 45 mins Chill 6 mins Cool 1 hr 30 mins Bake 350°F 35 mins to 40 mins
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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 624,
  • Fat, total (g) 43,
  • chol. (mg) 174,
  • sat. fat (g) 23,
  • carb. (g) 50,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 13,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • sugar (g) 38,
  • pro. (g) 12,
  • vit. A (IU) 1215,
  • vit. C (mg) 8,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 24,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 217,
  • Potassium (mg) 220,
  • calcium (mg) 151,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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