Recipes and Cooking Hazelnut-Pear Torte with Dulce de Leche Filling 3.8 (5) 1 Review A rich dulce de leche cream cheese and caramelized pears are sandwiched between layers of nutty, warmly-spiced cake to create this irresistible dessert recipe. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on September 15, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kritsada Panichgul Prep Time: 45 mins Bake Time: 20 mins Cool Time: 10 mins Chill Time: 1 hrs Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins Servings: 12 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 ½ cup hazelnuts (filberts), toasted* 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour 4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 6 eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened ¼ cup butter, softened ½ cup canned dulce de leche 2 - 3 tablespoon milk 4 ½ cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoon butter 3 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced Chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts) (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8x1 1/2-inch round baking pans. Line pan bottoms with waxed paper or parchment paper; grease the paper. Lightly flour pans; set aside. Place half of the 2 1/2 cups hazelnuts in a blender or food processor. Cover; blend or process until nuts are ground. Repeat with the remaining nuts. In a medium bowl combine ground hazelnuts, the 3 tablespoons flour, the baking powder, and cinnamon; set aside. In a large bowl combine eggs and granulated sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Add nut mixture. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Spread evenly in prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and tops spring back when lightly touched (centers may dip slightly). Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; peel off waxed or parchment paper, if necessary. Cool completely on wire racks. For dulce de leche filling, in a large bowl combine cream cheese and the 1/4 cup butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until combined. Add dulce de leche, beating until smooth. Beat in 2 tablespoons of the milk. Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating until combined. Beat in the remaining 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon milk to make a spreading consistency. In a very large skillet melt the 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add pears; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until browned and tender, gently stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool. To assemble, use a long serrated knife to cut cakes in half horizontally (making four cake layers). Place one cake layer, cut side up, on a serving platter. Spread 1/2 cup of the dulce de leche filling on this cake layer. Top with one-fourth of the pears, arranging pears in a single layer. Repeat layers twice. Add the remaining cake layer, cut side down. Frost with the remaining dulce de leche filling; arrange the remaining pears on top. If desired, sprinkle with chopped toasted hazelnuts. Chill for up to 1 hour before serving. *Test Kitchen Tip: To toast the hazelnuts, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread hazelnuts in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted. Place the warm nuts in a clean kitchen towel and rub the nuts in the towel to remove any loose skins before using. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 601 Calories 29g Fat 82g Carbs 9g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 601 % Daily Value * Total Fat 29g 37% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 132mg 44% Sodium 238mg 10% Total Carbohydrate 82g 30% Total Sugars 73g Protein 9g Vitamin C 3.5mg 18% Calcium 212mg 16% Iron 2.2mg 12% Potassium 294mg 6% Folate, total 52.4mcg Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg Vitamin B-6 0.2mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.