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Old-Fashioned Cherry Torte Recipe

Old-Fashioned Cherry Torte Recipe

When my mom was a little girl, my great-grandma Alice would make this easy dessert. The torte, with its sweet-salty combination of cherries, meringue and a saltine crust is still a favorite today. —Danielle Brandt, Ruthton, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup crushed saltines
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1-3/4 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • 1. Combine cracker crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, vinegar and vanilla on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread meringue evenly over crust. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 3. Spread pie filling over meringue. Top with whipped cream. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 244 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 153 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.