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Friday, February 12, 2010

Nash Holos recipe: Sour Cherry Torte

Judy Hrynenko of Prairie Cottage Perogies shared this decadent and delightful torte on Ukrainian Food Flair last fall. It comes courtesy Sofika Vandrovych of Selo Rozdil in western Ukraine. Sofika is known for her tortes and is well respected in the community for her baking abilities.

This recipe consists of three parts.

First part: White Dough

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup unsalted butter melted
4 tablespoons sour cream
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder.

Combine all ingredients and divide into three equal pieces. Roll each dough out evenly.

Second part: Chocolate Dough

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups flour
4 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder

Combine ingredients and divide into three equal pieces. Roll each dough out evenly into a triangle, trim all sides so they are equal in shape. You can put the white onto the chocolate then trim sides down.

Combine a rolled out white dough and place on top of chocolate dough until you have three layered pieces. You should have three white/chocolate sections.

Put onto a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown. About 15 minutes at 350ºF. Let cool.

Third part: Cream Filling

1¼ cups unsalted butter softened
1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 large jar of sour cherries

[Tip: You can purchase canned sour cherries at Superstore, in your area or at a speciality store. If you are lucky to have your own fresh or frozen, by all means use them!]

Beat butter, icing sugar and cocoa until whipped, and peaks form. Spread half over the first cake layer.

Then add well drained sour cherries to cover the top. Over this, place second layer of cake, and repeat with cream filling, finishing with sour cherries.

Then top with your last layer of cake. Sprinkle one half cup crushed walnuts, pecans, or almonds over the top, then add shaved or grated dark chocolate to cover … 1/2 cup or more … depending on your mood!

Like all tortes, this one has absolutely no calories. ;-)


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