Italian Torta with Mascarpone, Gorgonzola, and Walnuts

This savory spread is served in the form of a cake and served at Christmas and New Year's parties in Italy. It's decadent spread on bread or crackers. It is usually served with mostarda di frutta (candied fruit in a spicy, sweet syrup). If you can't find that, serve with crisp pears and honey. If you like, you can use sprigs of rosemary, some cinnamon bark, or sticks to decorate a forest scene on the top.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
12 servings


  • 1 ½ cups creamy Gorgonzola cheese, diced into small cubes

  • 2 tablespoons brandy

  • 2 cups shelled walnuts, divided

  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese

  • 1 cup whipping cream


  1. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap.

  2. Put Gorgonzola cubes into a dish and cover with brandy. Set aside to let the cheese soften.

  3. Chop about 1/2 of the walnuts.

  4. Whisk the Gorgonzola mixture with mascarpone cheese. Add whipping cream and whip until creamy and well combined. Fold in the chopped walnuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan using a runner scraper to level the top.

  5. Refrigerate torta for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

  6. Use the plastic wrap to remove the torta from the loaf pan. Carefully flip it onto a rectangular serving plate. Garnish with remaining walnut halves.

Cook's Notes:

Make sure to use unsweetened whipping cream.

If you refrigerate overnight, it's best!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
35g Fat
3g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 172mg 13%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 103mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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