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Himmel Futter Torte

This recipe was a favorite of my grandma's. As kids, we called it "Dark Secret" because Grandma would vary the fruit with the season and we never knew what she hid under the cream.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light. Add shortening and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, dates and nuts; add to bowl and mix well. Spread in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool on a wire rack. Break torte into small pieces and arrange on a serving plate. Just before serving, place fruit on top and cover with whipped cream. Fruit can be varied by season.
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