Italian Christmas Torta Made With Pandoro
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Refer to the blog post for a step by step with some added suggestions. This is a NO BAKE dessert that must be made the day before for best results.
Ingredients
  • 8 or 9 inch spring form pan
  • 1 cut out design for top of cake ( refer to blog post )
  • 1 large box of Pandoro, Italian cake
  • 3 large 1 inch slices of Pandoro sliced horizontally, one will be kept whole and the other two will be cut on the diagonal for the sides.
  • 1 envelope of vanilla instant mousse, made according to directions. ( there are other variations you can use, refer to blog post)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons, powdered sugar to sweeten the cream
  • simple syrup, Amaretto, Limoncello, espresso to moisten the cut slices of pandoro, ( refer to blog post for ideas)
  • cocoa powder for dusting and garnish
  • additional sprinkles if needed
Instructions
  1. Make three 1 inch Horizontal slices on the Pandoro
  2. Take the largest slice and lay it in the pan.
  3. Brush and moisten the slice with liquor or simple syrup.
  4. Slice the other two pieces diagonally as shown in blog post, make sure to moisten them as well.
  5. With point facing down place them around the sides of the cake, they will fit between the points of the bottom layer.
  6. Fill in the open spaces with remaining Pandoro.
  7. Make mousse or pudding according to package and set aside.
  8. Whip the cream with the mascarpone until stiff, then fold in some of the mousse, you might not use it all, make sure the mixture still keeps shape and not be runny.
  9. You can also add flavoring at this point if you like, any liquor or espresso, taste to your liking.
  10. Fill the prepared cake to the top with the cream mixture.
  11. Add your cut out image by placing it on top of the cream and sprinkle liberally with cocoa powder.
  12. ( you can do the image placing the next day after you've refrigerated it if you prefer, it doesn't matter)
  13. Please make this a day ahead of time so you can refrigerate it overnight.
  14. Gently remove the image after dusting of cocoa powder and if need be add a few sprinkles of your choice.
  15. Slice in wedges and serve.
Recipe by Proud Italian Cook at https://www.prouditaliancook.com/2019/12/italian-christmas-torta-made-with-pandoro.html