Pesto California Avocado Torta

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Prepare pesto. Line 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with foil.

Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth.

Spoon about 1 1/2 cups cream cheese mixture into bottom of loaf pan; spread evenly.

Spread pesto over cream cheese layer

Spoon another 1 cup cream cheese mixture over pesto, spreading evenly.

Halve, seed and peel avocados. Cut each half into 8 slices but do not pull apart.

Lay sliced avocado halves on cream cheese layer and top with remaining cream cheese mixture.

Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours or overnight.

Thirty minutes before serving, lift torta from loaf pan and remove foil.

Serve with large slices of French bread.

Pesto Preparation

Blend all ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth.

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