Though many pudding recipes do not include eggs, I like yolks in my vanilla pudding for a little extra richness and color, and for that "French vanilla" flavor.
The crust is shortbread crumbs and ground almonds, which are complemented by a sweet almond liqueur-flavored mascarpone filling. The crowning touch: an Amaretto and cherry glaze that lightly coats a generous pile of fresh cherries.
Baking notes: The original Huguenot torte is made with apples and pecans. If you'd like to make that version, replace the cherries with 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped (it should yield 1/2 to 3/4 cup) and the hazelnuts with...