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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: 244 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"I liked how light-tasting this dessert was, not overly sweet and rich. I see that others commented on the size of the baking dish. I made it in the 9x13 dish and although the crust was thin, it worked. Now the dessert shrunk quite a bit as the meringue cooled before adding the filling, but the crust shrunk with it. It looked a bit odd as it no longer filled the dish, but it tasted great."

Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"This is really good. Like the other reviewer I used a 9 by 9 glass baking dish. 9 by 13 is too big for the amount this makes and no way the crust would cover the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan. It is a refreshing, light dessert. I used no sugar added cherry pie filling. Everyone loved this. Great summer and spring dessert. Will definitely make again. Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"I haven't even tasted it yet. I am sure it will be delicious, but I believe the pan size given is incorrect. When I put the crust in it never would have covered. I used a 9X9. When I put the meringue in it looked correct. It's in the oven now. Also, I wish it would have reminded me to pre-heat the oven at the beginning."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"This was a childhood favorite dessert. Our mother used to make it with a graham cracker crust instead of saltines. Glad to find this recipe again."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"Very tastie. Everyone I served it to loved it. I have made it several times, and will be come a part of my favorite recipies."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"I took this to our family reunion - rave reviews! was swamped with requests for the recipe - very tasty!"

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