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Strawberry Hazelnut Torte

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Serves 8 to 10

This torte is like a cross between a cake and a strawberry cheesecake. A buttery, tender, cake-like crust made with ground hazelnuts is filled with a blend of whipped cream, mascarpone, and strawberry purée.

For the crust
  • 4 oz. (about 3/4 cup) whole hazelnuts (unskinned)
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 6 oz. (12 Tbs.) cold butter, cut in pieces
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the filling
  • 1/3 cup sugar  
  • 1 pint strawberries, rinsed if necessary, hulled, puréed, and strained (to yield 1 cup), and then chilled
  • 1 cup well-chilled heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
For the topping
  • Very small or quartered strawberries, rinsed and hulled
Make the crust

Heat the oven to 350°F. Pulse the hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the sugar and flour and pulse to combine. Add the butter pieces and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and process until the dough just comes together.

Lightly flour your fingertips and press the dough into a 9-inch springform pan. Gently make a large depression in the center of the dough to create about a 1/2-inch rim all the way around the edge of the crust. Bake the crust until puffed, lightly browned, and a pick comes out with just a few crumbs, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely on rack. Slide a knife around the edges of the pan before removing the sides of the pan. Slide a spatula under the crust to loosen it, and then remove the crust from the bottom of the pan. Let the crust cool completely before filling it.

Make the filling

Stir the sugar into the strawberry purée and return the mixture to the refrigerator. Whip the cream until it forms firm peaks. In a separate bowl, whisk one-quarter of the whipped cream into the mascarpone and then fold in the remaining whipped cream. Gently fold in the chilled purée. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours. The filling will firm up as it chills.

Assemble the torte

Gently spoon the chilled filling into the torte shell. Don’t level the filling—leave it looking free-form—and scatter the small or quartered strawberries across the top. Cut into wedges and serve.

Make Ahead Tips

The filled torte can be refrigerated for a couple of hours. Garnish with the fresh strawberries just before serving.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on ten servings, Calories (kcal): 530, Fat Calories (kcal): 370, Fat (g): 41, Saturated Fat (g): 22, Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 14, Cholesterol (mg): 120, Sodium (mg): 160, Carbohydrates (g): 37, Fiber (g): 2, Protein (g): 6

Photo: Scott Phillips

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