Christmas Cranberry, Pear and Walnut Torte with Cream Cheese-Orange Frosting Recipe

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Christmas Cranberry, Pear and Walnut Torte with Cream Cheese-Orange Frosting
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  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 375°F. Butter two 9-inch-diameter cake pans. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper. Butter and flour waxed paper; tap out excess flour.
  2. Blend 2 cups walnuts and flour in processor until walnuts are finely ground. Add breadcrumbs, orange peel, spices and salt. Using on/off turns, process just until blended.
  3. Using electric mixer, beat eggs in large bowl until frothy. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar and brown sugar. Continue beating until mixture is thick and triples in volume, about 6 minutes.
  4. Fold flour mixture and melted lukewarm butter alternately into egg mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture (do not overmix or batter will deflate). Divide batter between prepared cake pans; smooth tops. Bake cakes until golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer pans to racks; cool 5 minutes. Invert cakes onto racks; cool completely. Remove waxed paper.
  5. Toss cranberries with remaining 1/2 cup sugar in small bowl to coat. Transfer berries to plate. Cover and freeze. (Can be prepared ahead. Wrap each cake layer separately in plastic. Freeze cake layers and sugarcoated cranberries up to 1 week.)
  6. Place 1 cake layer on platter. Spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of torte. Press remaining 3/4 cup walnuts onto torte sides. Arrange poached pears in concentric circles atop torte. (Torte can be frosted 1 day ahead. Cover torte; chill. Let torte stand 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.)
  7. Rewarm cranberry puree in small saucepan over medium heat. Brush some puree over pears. Transfer remaining puree to bowl.
  8. Garnish torte with frozen sugarcoated cranberries. Serve torte with puree.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 493.75 Kcal (2067 kJ)
Calories from fat 294.2 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32.69g 50%
Cholesterol 135.9mg 45%
Sodium 184.59mg 8%
Potassium 247.91mg 5%
Total Carbs 41.13g 14%
Sugars 24.45g 98%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Protein 13.77g 28%
Vitamin C 7.9mg 13%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 1.9mg 11%
Calcium 52.1mg 5%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 369.64 Kcal (1548 kJ)
Calories from fat 220.25 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.47g 50%
Cholesterol 101.73mg 45%
Sodium 138.19mg 8%
Potassium 185.59mg 5%
Total Carbs 30.79g 14%
Sugars 18.3g 98%
Dietary Fiber 2.32g 12%
Protein 10.31g 28%
Vitamin C 5.9mg 13%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 1.4mg 11%
Calcium 39mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 12
  • 14

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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