Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour

  2. 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

  3. 1/4 cup cold butter

  4. 2 tablespoons shortening

  5. 3 to 4 tablespoons water

  6. 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

  7. 1/2 cup sugar

  8. 2 eggs

  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  10. 1/3 cup chopped pecans TOPPING:

  11. 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart cherries or 1 can (15 ounces) tart cherries

  12. 1/3 cup sugar

  13. 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  14. 1 tablespoon butter

  15. 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

  16. 1/8 teaspoon red food coloring Whipped cream and fresh mint, optional

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder; cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Roll out into a 14-in. circle. Place on an ungreased 12-in. pizza pan. Flute edges to form a rim; prick bottom of crust. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in nuts. Spread over crust. Bake 10 minutes longer. Cool. Drain cherries, reserving 1/3 cup juice. Set cherries and juice aside. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in reserved juice until smooth. Add cherries. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer Remove from the heat; stir in butter, extract and food coloring. Cool to room temperature; spread over cream cheese layer. Top with whipped cream and mint if desired. Yield: 10-12 slices.


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