Macadamia  Fudge  Torte

FILLING :
 1/3 cup  Low-fat Sweetened Condensed Milk
 ½  cup  Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips 

CAKE  :
 1  pkg  Pillsbury Moist Supreme Devil's Food Cake Mix
                 -or-
         Pudding-included Devil's Food Cake Mix
 1  tsp  Cinnamon
 1/3 cup  Oil
 1  can  Sliced Pears in light syrup  [16 oz, drained]
 2       Eggs
 1/3 cup  Macadamia Nuts -or- Pecans  [chopped]
 2  tsp  Water

 SAUCE :
 1  jar  Butterscotch Caramel Fudge Ice-cream Topping [17 oz.]
 1/3 cup  Milk

 Heat oven to 350°.  Spray 9 or 10 inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.  In a small saucepan, combine filling ngredients.  Cook over medium-low  heat until chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally.

In large bowl, combine cake mix, cinnamon and oil.  Blend at low speed for 20 to 30 seconds or until crumbly.  (Mixture will be dry)  Place pears in blender container or food processor bowl with metal blade; cover and blend until smooth.

In another large bowl, combine 2 cups of the cake mix mixture, pureed pears and eggs; beat at low speed until moistened.  Beat 2 minutes at medium speed.

Spread batter evenly in spray-coated pan.  Drop filling by spoonfuls over batter.  Stir nuts and water into remaining cake mix mixture.  Sprinkle over filling.

Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightlyin center.  Cool 10 minutes.  Remove sides of pan.  Cool 1 hour or untilcompletely cooled.

In small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients.  Cook over medium-low heat for 3 or 4 minutes or until well blended, stirring occasionally.

To serve, spoon 2 tablespoons warm sauce onto each serving plate; top with wedge of torte.  If desired, serve with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt and  garnish with chocolate curls.  Yields 12 servings.

                                                                                                                                         Pillsbury Bake-off 1996 Grand Prize Winner
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