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French Berry Torte

 French Berry Torte
For a showstopping dessert that highlights the peak of berry season, turn to this luscious meringue dressed with jam, sweetened whipped cream and strawberries. —GaleLynn Peterson, Long Beach, California
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 10 saltines, crushed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup seedless raspberry jam, divided
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions

  • Place egg whites, 1 teaspoon vanilla and cream of tartar in a large
  • bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Beat egg white
  • mixture until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon
  • at a time, on high until stiff speaks form. Fold in pecans and
  • saltines.
  • Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake 350° for 25-30
  • minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 2 tablespoons cream until
  • smooth. In another bowl, beat remaining cream until it begins to
  • thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and remaining vanilla; beat until

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French Berry Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • stiff peaks form.
  • With a spatula, stir a fourth of the sweetened whipped cream into
  • cream cheese mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream until
  • combined. Spread 1/2 cup jam over meringue shell. Top with cream
  • cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove sides of
  • pan. Arrange strawberries over top. In a small microwave-safe bowl,
  • microwave remaining jam in 10-second intervals until melted; brush
  • over strawberries. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 325 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 108 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.