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Desserts

Almond-Pear Cream Cheese Torte

Almond-Pear Cream Cheese Torte recipe
photo by:kraft
This is one of THE best and most-loved cakes i've ever made. So super-yummy!
posted by
cie91
on 4/24/2014
time
prep:
30 min
total:
5 hr 5 min
servings
total:
12 servings
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What You Need

1/2
cup  butter or margarine, softened
1
cup   sugar, divided
1
cup  flour
1
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
  egg
1/2
tsp.   vanilla
1/2
tsp.   ground cinnamon
4
 fresh pears (1-1/4 lb.), peeled, sliced
1/4
cup   PLANTERS Sliced Almonds

Make It

HEAT oven to 425°F.

BEAT butter and 1/3 cup sugar in small bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan.

BEAT cream cheese and 1/3 cup of the remaining sugar in same bowl with mixer until well blended. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Spread onto bottom of crust. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon. Add to pears in large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange over cream cheese layer; top with nuts. Bake 10 min.

REDUCE temperature to 375°F; bake torte 25 min. or until center is set. Cool completely. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen torte. Remove rim. Refrigerate torte 3 hours.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Healthy Living
Save 30 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving by preparing with PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese.
Substitute
Substitute finely chopped PLANTERS Pecans for the almonds.
Blending Cream Cheese
When blending cream cheese in dessert recipes, make sure the cream cheese and sugar are completely blended, free of lumps and smooth before adding any other ingredients. If the cream cheese is too cold, it will not blend easily. To easily soften cream cheese, place a completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 15 sec. or until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
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