Monday, November 21, 2011

CREAM CHEESE PEAR AND ALMOND TORTE

Note: This recipe is listed on this quick and easy blog because it only takes a small amount of your time.  It does, however, need to be chilled for around 3 hours.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar*
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 brick (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 large fresh pears, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup sliced plain almonds

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Beat the butter and 1/3 cup of the sugar in a small bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.  Add both of the flours and mix well.  Press this mixture onto the bottom and an inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Beat the cream cheese and 1/3 cup of the remaining sugar in the same bowl, using an electric mixer, until well blended.  Add the egg and vanilla; mix well.  Spread this mixture over the bottom of the crust. 

Mix the last 1/3 of the sugar with the cinnamon.

Place the sliced pears in a large bowl and toss with the sugar/cinnamon mixture to coat the pears. Arrange the pear slices over the cream cheese filling mixture and sprinkle with the almonds.

Bake torte at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 375 degrees and bake another 25 minutes or until the center is set.  Allow to cool completely then run a thin knife around the sides of the torte to loosen from pan.  Remove the sides.

Refrigerate the torte for at least 3 hours before serving.

To serve, slice into 12 equal wedges.

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