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Butterscotch Torte

 Butterscotch Torte
It's best to make the graham cracker cake for this torte the day before, because the flavor improves as it mellows. The recipe makes plenty of yummy butterscotch sauce, so you can drizzle some over the top and have extra to serve on the side. —Lavonne Hartel Williston. North Dakota
12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Line three greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper and
  • grease the paper; set aside. Let egg whites stand at room
  • temperature for 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add
  • sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in the vanilla.

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Butterscotch Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Combine the cracker crumbs, nuts and baking powder; fold into egg
  • yolk mixture.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks
  • form. Fold a fourth of egg whites into the batter, then fold in
  • remaining whites.
  • Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or cake
  • springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 10 minutes before
  • removing from pans to wire racks.
  • For topping, in a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, flour and
  • salt. Stir in orange juice and water until smooth; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly
  • thickened. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg; return all
  • to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2
  • minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and
  • vanilla. Cool to room temperature without stirring.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Beat in
  • confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the
  • whipped cream. Repeat layers twice. Drizzle some of the topping over
  • cake. Serve remaining topping with cake. Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 519 calories, 29 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 189 mg cholesterol, 228 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.