Nuts and browned butter create this sensational flavorful dessert.
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1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (3.5-ounce) jar (3/4 cup) macadamia nuts or almonds
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream, whipped, sweetened, if desired
Heat oven to 375°F. Butter and flour 8-inch square cake pan. Set aside.
Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 5-10 minutes or until butter foams and turns a delicate golden color. Remove from heat. Set aside.
Place flour, brown sugar, macadamia nuts and salt in food processor fitted with metal blade or 5-cup blender container. Cover; process 30-60 seconds until nuts are very finely chopped.
Beat egg whites in bowl at high speed until foamy. Continue beating, gradually adding sugar, until glossy and stiff peaks form.
Very gently stir nut mixture into egg whites. (Do not over stir.)
Very gently stir browned butter and vanilla into egg mixture. (Do not over stir.)
Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cover with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes of baking.
Run knife along inside of pan. Cool 15 minutes. (Center will sink slightly upon cooling.)
Invert onto cooling rack. Invert again onto serving plate so torte is right-side up. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Serve warm or cool with cherry pie filling and whipped cream, if desired.
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