Tuesday, May 20, 2008

TWD: Hidden Berry Torte

This week's challenge for Tuesdays with Dorie was to make Madelines. Mmmm, those look and sound delicious, but I just couldn't justify spending money on another Dorie pan when I'm denying myself PEDICURES to save some loot. I'm not an accomplished baker so really didn't have any ideas for modifications. The lovely ladies at TWD were fantastic enough to allow us to make any previously baked TWD creation. I chose the Hidden Berry Torte, which was one of their first group bakes. I didn't have to buy much to make this one--I had to buy cream cheese, which happened to be on sale (woohoo!) and cottage cheese, which has been a recent favorite food of my son's, so any leftovers wouldn't go to waste. AND it was on sale too! I had some troubles making a similar crust for Dorie before (I think it was the Most Extraordinary Lemon Tart) because the bowl of my food processor seemed to small. I gave it a go once again and did it with success. Granted, I did have spilling out of the bowl, but I was able to successfully make the dough there. It also looked a lot better than the previous attempt. I finished it late last night, so we haven't dug in yet. It's still in the springform so better pictures will come later.

Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte

(Source: Dorie Greenspan “Baking: From My Home to Yours” pp. 240-242

For the Crust:
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 sticks (12 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Filling:
1/3 cup thick berry or cherry jam I used raspberry Smuckers jam
9 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature I used a brick of Neufchatel, which was 8 oz.
8 ounces (1 cup) cottage cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature

Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting (optional)

Getting Ready:
Butter a 9-inch springform pan, dust the inside with flour and tap out the excess. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.

To Make the Crust:
Put the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse just to blend. Toss in the pieces of butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir the egg yolks and vanilla together with a fork, and, still pulsing the machine, add them and continue to pulse until the dough comes together in clumps and curds - restrain yourself, and don’t allow the dough to form a ball.

Turn the dough out onto a work surface. If you want to roll the dough, gather it into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for about 20 minutes before rolling. Or simply press the dough into the pan. The dough should come about 1-1/2 inches up the sides of the spring form. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Fit a piece of buttered aluminum foil against the crust, covering it completely. Fill the drust lightly with rice, dried beans or pie weights and slide the sheet into the oven. Bake the crust for 20 minutes or so - you don’t want the crust to get too brown. Transfer to a rack to cool while you make the filling.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

To Make the Filling:
Stir the jam, and spread it over the bottom of the crust - it’s okay to do this while the crust is still warm.

Put the cream cheese and cottage cheese into the food processor and process, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times, for 2 minutes, until you’ve got a smooth, satiny mix. Add the sugar, salt and spices and process for another 30 seconds. With the machine running, add the eggs and process, scraping the bowl as needed, for a final minute. Pour the filling over the jam.

Bake the cake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until the filling is uniformly puffed and no longer jiggly. Gently transfer the springform pan to a cooling rack and allow the torte to cool to room temperature, during which time the filling will collapse into a thin, elegant layer.

Run a blunt knife between the crust and the sides of the pan, then open and remove the sides of the springform. If the sides of the crust extend above the filling and you don’t like this look, very gently saw off the excess crust using a serrated knife. Chill the torte slightly or thoroughly before serving and, if you’d like, dust the top with confectioner’s sugar.


April said...

I loved this torte! I am glad that you tried it!

LyB said...

That looks totally delicious! I've been dying to try this, maybe I'll have a little time soon! :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

I bet that is going to be delicious! I hope to get to this one sometime soon!

Madam Chow said...

How did I miss this one? I'll have to add it to my list of things to bake!

Lemon Tartlet said...

The berry that's peeking out is so cute!

Melissa said...

Hope you like it!

CB said...

I missed this one so I definitely wanna give it a try later. Great pick!

Christine said...

Yummy this looks so good! Great job and I am going to have to give this a try real soon!

Cheryl said...

I haven't made this one, but oh Lordy, it sounds amazing!

Garrett said...

Ohh, this sounds delicious. I think I'm going to have to go back and re-do all of the recipes I've already missed.

BAKE-EN said...

I can't wait to hear how it tastes. From the recipe it sounds like it'll be fabulous.

Shari said...

This torte sounds delicious! I'll have to try this one too someday.

Cecilia said...

Looks good! The little berry peeking out is a nice touch.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Yum! I've got to try this one.


Mara said...

that looks so yummy!!! there were so many alternate options, i didn't know where to turn. i did brownies and am doing the brioche this week (yikes!) but i love the idea of alternates!

Jayne said...

That looks really yummy! I want to make that one now...

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