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Almond Pear Torte

from the kitchen of Vicky Hofkens

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup flour
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 medium fresh pears, peeled, sliced
1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In small bowl, beat butter and 1/3 cup sugar with mixer until light and fluffy.
Add flour, mix well.
Press into bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 9-inch spring form pan.

Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar until smooth.
Add egg and vanilla, mix well.
Pour over crust and spread evenly.

Slice pears into a large bowl.
Mix remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon.
Sprinkle over pears and toss gently to coat.
Arrange pears over cream cheese layer and top with nuts.

Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 25 minutes more or until center is set.

Cool completely. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen torte and remove rim.
Slide onto a pretty plate. Chill completely before serving.
Serves 10-12

*Original recipe from Kraft Foods.

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