Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Kitchens

I know I've said it before that I love all seasons and that I'm always ready for the next by the time it rolls around. But one of my favourite parts of fall is the harvest. And so I have to share this recipe with you all, as it just tastes of fall to me.

As you work away at whatever you've got on your chore list this fall, I hope you'll brighten your day and scent your home with this baked Apple Torte. It's easy to put together, but looks and tastes like a well-practiced chef created it. Trust me, I'm not one of those, so if I can create this and my whole family love it, so can you!

Bavarian Apple Torte  

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour

1 pkg (250 g) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 cups peeled sliced crisp apples
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Crust: Combine butter, sugar and vanilla. Blend in flour. Spread dough on bottom and 1-inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. I use a pie pan and that works well too! Note: If you haven't planned ahead to get things to room temperature, a few seconds in the microwave does wonders!

Filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended. This takes a bit, but make sure you get it good and smooth. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Spread evenly over the crust.

Topping: Combine sugar and cinnamon. Toss apples in sugar mixture. Place in pinwheel pattern over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 425 F for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 F and continue baking 25 minutes longer. Cool on wire rack. Chill 3 hours before serving.

Serves: 8 (or if you're watching your delicate figure, it could easily serve 16)
Preparation time: 20 minutes (do it while pondering a plot issue to multi-task)
Baking time: 35 minutes (and in this fall air, it nicely helps to heat your home and scent it all in one)


Surrendering to Him,



Jessica Nelson said...

Mmmm, that sounds delicious! I'm almost tempted to use my kitchen! lol Thanks Eileen.

Jessica R. Patch said...

Holy Crow, that looks good! I get the baking bug during fall too. I love the smells of cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin. Yesterday, I made pumpkin cookies, very cake-like and delish!
Thanks for sharing. :)

Sarah Forgrave said...

Oh wow, This looks soooo good, Eileen! I love apples this time of crisp and fresh! I've been gobbling them up. :)

Sandra Orchard said...

Ooh, I've got to try this. I've never had apple with cream cheese before. Thanks!

Erica Vetsch said...

MMM! I bet this makes a fall kitchen smell amazing!

Loree Huebner said...

YUM! I love cooking with apples. I'm going to make this on Saturday when my daughter is home. It sounds soooo delish.

Thanks for the recipe.