Cherry Cream Torte
2 packages (3 ounces each) ladyfingers
2 tablespoons white grape or apple juice
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract, divided
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
Toasted sliced almonds and additional whipped cream, optional
Split lady fingers lengthwise; brush with juice. Place a layer of lady fingers around the sides and over the bottom of a lightly greased 9-in. springform pan. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth; add sugar and 1/2 teaspoon extract. Beat on medium for 1 minute. Fold in whipped cream. Spread half over crust.
Arrange remaining lady fingers in a spoke-like fashion. Spread evenly with the remaining cream cheese mixture. Cover and chill overnight. Combine the pie filling and remaining extract; spread over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. to serve, remove sides of pan. Garnish with almonds and whipped cream if desired. Makes 16-18 servings.