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Saturday, August 13, 2011

♥ White Chocolate Strawberry Torte ♥

1 cup crushed vanilla wafers (about 30 wafers)
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
1/4 cup butter, melted
12 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
3 cups whole medium fresh strawberries
4 ounces cream cheese (softened or cubed), softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon baking cocoa
Additional strawberries, halved

Set aside 2 tablespoons wafer crumbs. Combine almonds, butter and remaining crumbs; press onto the bottom of an ungreased 9-in. springform pan. Spoon 5 tablespoons of melted white chocolate over crust; sprinkle with reserved wafer crumbs. Arrange whole strawberries, tips up, over crumbs.

In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, juice concentrate and vanilla. Beat in remaining white chocolate. In another bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Stir 2 cups into the creamed cheese mixture; mix well. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Spread between and over strawberries. Cover and chill for 3 hours or overnight.

Carefully run a knife around sides of pan to loosen. Remove sides. Arrange four 1-1/2-in.-wide strips of waxed paper over top; sprinkle cocoa between strips. Remove waxed paper. Place halved strawberries between cocoa rows.

Yield: 10-12 servings.

~~Country Woman May/June 2002~~

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