Fruit & Cheese Torte
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Fruit & Cheese Torte

this is an absolutely delightful dessert, perfect for a dinner party or any special occasion where the whole family gathers together. it might look complex, but its deceptively simple to put together. and theres no baking involved! its a great make ahead dessert, so you can just whip it out after dinner...

Nirmala Prem

Ingredients

12-serving
  1. 3 oz packages ladyfingers (savoiardi biscuits) 2
  2. 8 oz packages cream cheese , softened . 1
  3. 1 Cup sugar
  4. 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 2 Teaspoons lemon juice
  6. 1 Teaspoon lemon zest
  7. 2 Cups whipping cream heavy
  8. 1 can cherry filling / pie topping
  9. 1 can mixed fruit (in sugar syrup)
  10. 1 Teaspoon castor sugar

Method

20 mins
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    Drain the mixed fruit from the syrup, and set aside. reserve the syrup.

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    Place the syrup in a flat dish.

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    Dip the savoiardi biscuits in the syrup, and arrange around the rim and in the base of an un-greased 9-inch springform pan. (break the biscuits to squidge them into the edges, if needed).

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    In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth. add lemon juice and peel. mix well.

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    In a small bowl, beat the cream until it begins to thicken. add the castor sugar and remaining vanilla, beat until stiff peaks form.

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    Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.

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    Spread half the cream cheese mixture over the soaked biscuit layer. top it with half the mixed fruit.

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    Arrange another layer of syrup soaked savoiardi biscuits over the fruit. press it down gently to set in place.

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    Place the remaining mixed fruit in a layer over the biscuits, and top it with the remaining cream cheese mixture. smooth the top.

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    Spread the pie filling over the cheese layer. cover and refrigerate overnight.

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    To serve, unspring the torte from the pan, and serve as you would a regular cake.

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