5 minute Raspberry Orange Torte www.backtothebooknutrition.com/blog

 

After sharing recipes for Double Chocolate Macaroon Tarts and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Parfaits, I thought I would change gears a bit and offer something to satisfy the sweet tooth of the fourteen people on the planet who prefer fruit desserts to chocolate ones on Valentine's Day {this one's for you, Love!}.

I'm a chocolate girl, through and through, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the refreshingly sweet simplicity of this Raspberry Orange Torte!

Plus, it's just so pretty {I love pretties!}...and easy {everyone appreciates easy, right?}

 

5 minute Raspberry Orange Torte 2 www.backtothebooknutrition.com/blog

 

It's unbelievably simple - here's all you'll need:

2 pints fresh raspberries, washed

1 cup heavy cream, plus 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup and 1/2 tsp vanilla to sweeten

A batch of homemade Orange-Vanilla Syrup*

* If you don't have the orange syrup on hand, and are in a rush, you can microwave 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup OJ, 1/4 Tbsp water and zest from 2 mandarin oranges for 1-2 minutes, then add 1/2 tsp vanilla.

"Tortas de Aceite" - Seville Orange Flavor

Mint sprigs and mandarin orange zest for garnish

 

I sampled the Tortas de Aceite - a traditional Spanish treat still made and packaged by hand in Spain - at my local grocery store a few weeks ago. I was immediately taken with the delicate flavor of the crystallized orange, and I love how that is accentuated in this dessert. Pizelle cookies would be a good substitute if you can't find the tortas: 

 

Spanish Tortas de Aceite www.backtothebooknutrition.com/blog

 

Use a stand mixer or handheld beaters to whip the cream until just thickened. Add maple syrup and vanilla, and continue to beat until soft peaks form.

Then, start layering! I placed a dot of whipped cream in the middle of the serving plate before adding the first torta to help hold things in place. Then I alternated: 1 torta, 1 layer of whipped cream, 10-ish raspberries, repeating until all tortas were used. I added a few extra raspberries to the top layer of cream and berries, and poured about 4 oz of the orange-vanilla syrup over the top of the stacked torte:

 5 minute Raspberry Orange Torte pouring syrup www.backtothebooknutrition.com/blog

 

I noticed that the leftover layers still had a little crisp to them even the next morning, so I think you'd be safe making this and storing it in the fridge for up to a few hours before serving if needed.

This torte is as easy to serve as it is to assemble. Just remove one layer at a time, placing each on a serving plate:

 

5 minute Raspberry Orange Torte on plate www.backtothebooknutrition.com/blog

 

For an added touch, give it another light drizzle of orange syrup and garnish with additional mandarin zest and a sprig of mint!

 

Far beyond the sweetness of any dessert is the incomparable love God has for each and every one of us. As I celebrate Valentine's Day with those I love this year, I'm remembering the beautiful truth that we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). My Valentine's wish for you is that you would know this:

Valentines wish - You are Loved! www.backtothebooknutrition.com/blog

 

 

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