Tuesdays with Dorie: Cherry-Fudge Brownie Torte

cherry brownie torte closeup.jpgMy life experience with mascarpone cheese was limited to tiramisu from Central Market, until now. I once  heard a friend at work extol the virtues of said cheese and wanted to try it. However, it’s expensive . The little silver package of cream cheese was much more sensible. But after trying Dorie’s Cherry-Fudge Brownie Torte, this girl has been enlightened. Mascarpone cheese is good stuff. Worth the money for a special occasion.  You really must try it and this dessert is a great place to start.

Some people in our illustrious group of bakers have written they would leave the cherries out of this torte because they weren’t crazy about the chocolate-cherry combination. Others said the brownie would be just as good without them. I’m saying, “Forget the whole brownie. I’ll take some mousse.” It’s like a silky cloud found its way into my mouth and melted leaving a dusting of delicate sweetness on my tongue.

Similar to others, I had to leave my brownie layer in the oven an extra ten minutes. It still fell in the middle making it quite fudgy. I’m not complaining.

top down cherry brownie torte.jpgI decided to make the design Dorie suggested using smooth-out-of-the-jar cherry butter instead of the cherry preserves which needed blending to be smooth. The lines aren’t drawn perfectly as you can see; but I didn’t want it to look storebought.  Ahem. Now I wish I had drawn a circle and made a spider web effect in honor of the approaching holiday. Oh well!

slice cherry brownie torte.jpgIf you want to take a peek at this recipe and make it for yourself, you can find it at Short + Rose. And now if you’ll excuse me, I need to run. Literally. This torte is incredibly rich!!!

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Danielle October 31, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I completely missed this Dorie recipe this week!
Yours looks delish!


Susie October 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm

so did you literally run? just curious, since you aren’t much of a runner. 🙂


Lori Ann October 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Your brownie torte looks soo pretty! LOVE the piping on top – it looks just lovely! =)


Madam Chow October 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

This looks fabulous, and I’m so bummed I had to skip it this week due to travel. But it’s on my future “to-bake” list!


Jules October 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm

That looks just amazing! I skipped the topping. Hmmmm, maybe I shouldn’t have.


Fresh Local and Best October 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm


This is such a beautiful torte! I am so impressed!



Clivia October 28, 2009 at 8:19 am

You torte looks delicious! Even though you say the brownie fell, it looks light and almost cakey. Beautifully done!


Pam October 28, 2009 at 7:01 am

That looks SO amazing…can I move next door to you, so we can share?



Romaine October 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

Will you PLEASE move next door? I need somebody to eat these Tuesdays with Dorie goodies.


Mimi October 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Your torte is so beautiful. Great job.


Wendy October 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Great looking torte. Your mousse looks nice and fluffy.


Cakelaw October 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Your torte looks perfect Romaine! Especially love your chevrons.


Emily Rose October 27, 2009 at 9:23 pm

decoration is beautiful!! after reading your description of the mousse, I wish that I had made it. Oh well, next time!


Susan October 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Your torte looks amazing! I thought the topping was better than the cherry-brownie, but I don’t like cherries. 🙂


Jennifer October 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Wow, what a great idea with the cherry preserves on top! I have a Halloween party to attend Friday night and I”ll have to give it a whirl.
I agree, the mascarpone mousse was the best!


Karine October 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Mascarpone is expensive but so worth it! Your torte is amazing, thanks for sharing!


Michelle October 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Such a beautiful torte…I love it! Im glad you enjoyed this recipe!


Nina October 27, 2009 at 10:59 am

P – your torte looks *exquisite*. Beautiful job. Love the “spider web” — very festive!


April October 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

Thank you so much for baking with me this week! Your torte looks stunning, the topping design is just perfect. A beautiful torte that looks like it belongs in a bakery case!


Ann Hastings October 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

Looks amazing- love the way you designed it!


Amy October 27, 2009 at 8:07 am

It’s always such a great feeling when you spring for a pricey ingredient and it pays off. Your torte looks wonderful!


Jill October 27, 2009 at 7:31 am

Your torte looks just gorgeous; I love the design on top! Isn’t mascarpone delicious? Every time I buy it, I’m unhappy with the price but then I eat some and I’m very happy!


amanda October 27, 2009 at 6:24 am

I love how you decorated it, spider web or not, it’s beautiful!


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