Photo: Levi Brown
Hands-on Time
1 Hour
Total Time
9 Hours
Yield
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 torte and 2 tablespoons compote)

Dutch process cocoa powder darkens the crust, but if you can't find it, regular works fine.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

To prepare crust, combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor; process until finely ground. With motor running, pour butter through food chute; process until well blended. Divide crumb mixture evenly among 8 (6-ounce) straight-sided ramekins coated with cooking spray; press mixture into bottoms of ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet; bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until toasted. Cool completely.

Step 3

To prepare filling, place egg whites and salt in a bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Combine sugar and 3 tablespoons water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 250°. Gradually pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream into egg white mixture, beating at medium speed, then at high speed until stiff peaks form. Reduce mixer to medium speed; beat until mixture cools (about 8 minutes).

Step 4

Allow ice cream to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or until very soft; stir rind and orange juice into ice cream. Fold one-third of egg white mixture into ice cream mixture. Gently fold remaining egg white mixture into ice cream mixture. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins; freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

Step 5

To prepare the compote, combine 1 cup fresh cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and stir in liqueur. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight. Unmold tortes; serve with cranberry compote.

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