"Bavarian Torte tastes wonderful and always draws compliments," Kathleen T. Hashiguchi writes. "I got it from a close friend back in Hawaii many years ago. My son's elementary school is collecting recipes to be made into a cookbook for next school year's fund-raiser. I thought I would submit this recipe to you before it is published." BAVARIAN TORTE
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 (1-pound) can pear halves, well drained
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Beat cream cheese, egg, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread mixture over Nut Crust. Slice drained pears into thin wedges. Arrange over cream cheese mixture.
Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over pears and filling. Bake at 375 degrees 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Refrigerate thoroughly before serving. Cut into small squares. Makes 6 servings. Nut Crust
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup chopped nuts
Cream butter and sugar until light. Add vanilla, flour and nuts to butter mixture. Press into 8-inch square pan. Pierce all over with fork. Bake at 350 degrees 10 minutes. Do not over-bake.
--KATHLEEN T. HASHIGUCHI