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Cream Cheese Apple Torte

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I designated this marvelous Cream Cheese Apple Torte as dessert for our autumn dinner club. Packed full of apples with a surprise cheesecake layer over the bottom crust, it’s sure to be a hit any time of year!

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Cream Cheese Apple Torte

A friend and blog subscriber (now that’s a good friend!) raved about this cream cheese apple torte. Soon she emailed me the recipe, and I immediately recognized the name of the cookbook, Applehood and Motherpie, from the Junior League of Rochester. Yes, I owned it. Yes, I found it in the basement. And, YES, I had bookmarked the same recipe years ago.

Cream Cheese Apple Torte | A buttery crust is topped with sweetened cream cheese, loads of cinnamon spiced apples, then sliced almonds

Marvelous Autumn Dessert

Our dinner club was held at the beginning of December, so strawberry shortcake or peach pie were out as dessert options. A huge lover of apple desserts, I had no trouble deciding this cream cheese apple torte would be the perfect grand finale. The rest of the menu was as follows:

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Tips for Making Apple Desserts, Including Pies, Tarts and Tortes

Margaret was right! This was a spectacular dessert. Between the buttery crust, the luscious cream cheese layer, then cinnamon kissed apples and the toasted almond topping, every bite was a taste sensation. Here are a few tips when it comes to making apple pies, tarts and this torte.

  • I probably packed way too many apples into my crust as my torte needed some extra baking time. Just cover the top with foil if this happens to you, and bake a until the point of a sharp knife can easily pierce the apples. My type-A side arranged the apples in tight semi-circles, so in retrospect, I imagine that loosely piling the fruit into the pan would work best.
  • I like using a variety of baking apples for the best flavor. In the fall, there are many more options. Some tart, some sweeter, some keep their shape, others get soft and mushy. It’s OK to have one from each of these categories. I like Granny Smiths and Golden Delicious in the off season, but in the fall look for Jonathan/Jonagold and Northern Spy. I’ve never used Honey crisps, but heard they bake well, too.
  • PRO-Tip: If your crust starts getting too dark, take a piece of aluminum foil and cut out a circle from the middle, so you the foil will cover the perimeter crust, but still allow heat to reach the filling.

Unbeknownst to me, one of our guests was also a huge fan of apple desserts. He ate his own slice, topped with a scoop of Graeter’s caramel ice cream, then finished his wife’s portion. I call that a positive endorsement. Even Bill, the nut avoider, finished every crumb.  This apple cream cheese torte will  surely make a second appearance on our menu.

Cream Cheese Apple Torte | A buttery crust is topped with sweetened cream cheese, loads of cinnamon spiced apples, then sliced almonds

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Cream Cheese Apple Torte on a round white dessert plate

Cream Cheese Apple Torte

I designated this marvelous Cream Cheese Apple Torte as dessert for our autumn dinner club. Packed full of apples with a surprise cheesecake layer over the bottom crust, it’s sure to be a hit any time of year!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour

Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 5 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Beat together the butter and 2/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour and mix well. Press onto bottom about 3/4 of the way up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

In another bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar until well blended. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Spread evenly over crust.

Combine 1/3 cup sugar and the cinnamon in a large bowl. Add apples, and gently toss to coat. Spoon (or arrange) over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees, and continue baking 25 minutes or until apples are tender.

Cool on a wire rack , then remove the rim of the springform pan. Cover and refrigerate 3 hours before serving. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Applehood & Motherpie, Handpicked Recipes from Upstate New York.

 

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24 comments on “Cream Cheese Apple Torte”

  1. Apple cake and cream cheesecake..two in one…awesome!

  2. Wow this looks divine Liz! I am crazy about the height and all the components. Love the idea of cream cheese and apples and love the almond topping. Brilliant recipe 🙂

  3. Wait! It shouldn’t be required that friends are blog subscribers??? LOL! This dessert looks wonderfully decadent!

  4. Wow, this really looks special! Wish I had a slice:@)

  5. What a beautiful torte, I’m craving a slice of this right now!

  6. This is,fabulous love the thickness great comfort dessert

  7. Such a beauty, this torte looks divine!

  8. What a spectacular dessert – I love how tall it is. I can certainly see why everyone loved it, I know it would disappear quickly at my house. Apples, cream cheese and a buttery crust are a description of heavenly to me!

  9. I love cakes with apples so this recipe has the potential of becoming my new favorite one, Liz! I there any alternative to using cream cheese?

    • Agness, I’ve been mulling your question over since I read it earlier today. The only substitute I can think of is mascarpone—but don’t know if that would work for you!

  10. It looks delicious, Liz! Apples make the best desserts and this one is perfect! It’s a special torte for shore and I bet it didn’t last long. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. What a scrumptious apple torte Liz!!! I would be good friends with the gentleman who paired this with caramel ice cream and finished off his wife’s to boot! He knows a good thing. I love the layers, so pretty. Hope your renovation is going seamlessly. xo

  12. Not only does this tart look delicious, but it is also beautiful. I would love to serve the tart to my family they would love it.

  13. Too many apples? Is that even possible? 🙂 This looks terrific. Love the cream cheese addition to this classic dish! Thanks so much.

  14. Wow what a gorgeous torte and elegant crust for presentation. Sounds wonderful this combo but somehow I think it is missing one ingredient: bacon. they don’t knock it yet, I once had a to die for apple cheddar bacon pie 😉

  15. Not only does this torte sound delicious, but it also looks very impressive! Definitely a great dessert to pull out for company. And when a nut avoider eats every crumb, you know it’s a keeper!

  16. This is kind of like the best of both worlds. Cheesecake and maybe apple pie, Love it!

  17. This looks wonderful!

  18. Hey Liz!
    I was thrilled to see my recipe suggestion, Cream Cheese Apple Torte, featured on your blog!! It’s wonderful to hear that your dinner club guests enjoyed the dessert, and even Bill didn’t mind the almond topping. What a neat coincidence that you too had a treasured copy of Applehood. Your beautiful pictures will surely tempt Skinny Chick subscribers to bake this delicious treat.

  19. That looks delicious! I’d love for you to share over at a new party called Let’s Party https://themarkandjanshow.com/2018/01/02/lets-party-5/… look forward to seeing you there!

  20. I know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” doesn’t apply to this, but man oh man this looks delicious!

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