As a pastor's wife, I am invited to many good dinners and get the chance to collect lots of recipes. This dessert comes from a cookbook put together years ago by my home church in Arkansas.
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1 to 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
- 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add enough water to shape dough into a ball.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to fit a 12-in. pizza pan. Flute edges; prick bottom and sides with a fork. Bake at 425° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned; remove from the oven. Reduce heat to 350°.
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth; spread over crust. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Combine pie filling and almond extract; spoon over the cream cheese layer. Spread whipped topping over filling. Chill until ready to serve. Sprinkle with pecans.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 423 calories, 26g fat (11g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
Originally published as Cherry Torte in Country Extra March 1996
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