As debauched by Dum Luk's:
A Marin County Version of
a Russian Easter TreatBy Barbara MastinCream 3 Lbs good cream cheese with 1 Lb unsalted butter until light and fluffy.Sometimes -- for more tang -- I add a log of Montrachet Cheese.Add 1/2 to 1 cup powdered sugar.Whip 2 cups heavy cream and fold in gently.Or to taste -- I like to leave it less sweet
because you will add berries or jam.Add 1 tsp real vanilla extract.
Fold in 1 cup toasted chopped almonds.Or more if you like.
Then add 3/4 cup (or to taste) raspberry sauce(or Smuckers low-sugar what-ever-they-call-it.Add it in blobs and barely cut through them -- the way you would add dark batter to make a marble cake. You want it marbleized with pockets of berry -- not a uniform pink thing.
It tastes fresher than jam)This combination makes a fabulous torta base to which you can add layers of sun-dried tomato paste and basil pesto: layer torta mix. layer tomato paste. layer torta. layer basil pesto layer torta. Chill 'til solid. Un-mold and top with roasted pepper; parsley and pine nuts (It's the Italian Flag!) Serve with Bruchetta for an appetizer.
This makes a lot but it freezes well.Also toss it with hot pasta for a terrific sauce (add parmesean, Kalamata olives, sausage, chicken etc.) . or leave it vegetarian.
But I digress ...Raspberry SaucePuree 3 lbs Raspberries in processor. Sieve seeds.
by Barbara Mastin
Add sugar to taste and juice of a fresh lemon to taste.This gives it a very fresh flavor.
Lemon and Raspberry work magic together.
that's a crimmini mushroom there in the middle just because I could.
Sweet! Or savory.