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Fresh Apple Torte - A Family Feast

Fresh Apple Torte

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings

Description

A delicious apple torte with a sweet shortbread crust and cream cheese filling topped with sweet cinnamon apples and almonds.


Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the topping


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Lightly grease a 9″ springform pan (or a 9″ deep dish pie plate may be used).
  2. To make the crust, cream together the butter, 1/3 cup sugar and the one teaspoon vanilla in a bowl. Add the flour and beat to mix well – the mixture will resemble coarse crumbs. Evenly spread the mixture in the pan and press down to completely cover the bottom.
  3. To prepare the filling, beat together the cream cheese, ¼ cup of sugar, egg and ½ teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Pour the filling over the uncooked crust and gently spread until it evenly covers the crust.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss the peeled and sliced apples with the remaining ¼ cup of sugar and Apple Pie Spice. Arrange the apples over the cream cheese layer in a pinwheel design, starting from the outside edge and working toward the middle of the pan.
    Fresh Apple Torte
  5. Any extra apples can be piled on top of the others. Sprinkle the top evenly with the almonds.
  6. Bake at 475 for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 375 degrees and bake for 25 minutes. Finally, lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes more.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.