This sweet cherry dessert is surrounded by ladyfinger cakes to make it even more elegant.
1 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half
1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
1 1/2 cups Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream
3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
2/3 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
2 (3-ounce) packages small ladyfinger sponge cakes
Maraschino cherries with stems
Combine half & half and pudding mix in bowl; beat with whisk until thickened.
Combine whipping cream, cherry juice and almond extract in bowl; beat until stiff peaks form. Add whipped cream mixture, mascarpone cheese and cherries to pudding mixture; gently stir until combined.
Cover bottom of 9-inch springform pan with half of 1 package ladyfingers. Spread half of filling over ladyfingers. Place another layer of ladyfingers over filling; top with remaining filling. Cover; refrigerate at least 5 hours or overnight.
Remove side of springform pan. Press remaining ladyfingers into dessert edge. Garnish with maraschino cherries.
Mascarpone cheese is a soft Italian cheese. It can be found in the dairy case section of the supermarket.
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