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       Title: Chocolate Torte with Apricot Filling
  Categories: Cheesecakes, Chocolate
       Yield: 1 servings
  
            Cake:
       6 lg Eggs
     3/4 c  Sugar/ minus 1 tbs
       1 ts Vanilla extract
     1/2 c  Plus 1 tb sifted all-purpose
            -flour
     1/4 c  Sifted unsweetened cocoa
       1 ts Ground allspice
       1 ts Ground cinnamon
     1/4 ts Ground nutmeg
            Frosting and filling:
   1 1/2 c  Part-skim ricotta cheese
     1/4 c  Plus 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa
       2 tb Instant espresso powder
       3 tb Sugar
       2 ts Vanilla extract
     1/8 ts Salt
     3/4 c  Apricot all-fruit spread
            Garnish: strawberries
  
   Recipe by: NAFY67C@prodigy.com (DEBORAH EPSTEIN)
   Heat oven to 350.   For cake: Spray two 8 inch round cake
   pans with nonstick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, using
   an electric mixer set at high speed, beat the eggs, sugar,
   and vanilla until thick and tripled in volume, abuot 7
   minutes.
   In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder,
   allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Using a large spatula,
   quickly and gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg
   mixture until smooth.  Divide the mixture between the two
   prepared pans.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the
   center comes out clean,a bout 15 minutes.  Cool completely
   in the pans set on racks.
   For frosting:
   In a food processor or blender, process the ricotta cheese,
   cocoa powder, espresso powder, sugar, vanilla and salt
   until smooth.  Cover and chill the frosting until ready to
   use.
   Whent he cake is cool, turn it out of the pans.  With a
   long serrated knife split each layer in half horizontally
   and spread the bottom of each layer wtih half of the
   apricot all-fruit spread.  Carefully replace the top halfs.
   Spread half of the frosting evenly over the top of one of
   the filled layers.  Stack the second layer on top of the
   first.  Swirl teh remaining frosting evenly over the top of
   the cake.  Garnish with whole strawberries, if desired.
   My note:  to cut the cake layers another way, try using
   thread. From Creative Chef II.JM.
  
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