Monday, March 10, 2014

Bavarian Apple Torte

Apple desserts - yum! I first tasted this torte at the home of my cousin Caroline and was happy to see it show up in a family cookbook a few years later. Not overly sweet, but just sweet enough. Apples, cream cheese, cinnamon, and almonds on an easy crust. This really is easier than apple pie. 

Layer One:
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Blend in flour to make a soft dough. Spread or press on bottom of 9 inch springform pan.

Layer Two:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together the cream cheese and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Pour onto pastry in pan.

Layer Three:
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups peeled, sliced apples (I used three Spartan apples and had just the right amount to fit on the pan - I didn't measure them)
1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)

Combine the sugar and cinnamon, add the apples and toss together. Arrange on cream cheese layer and sprinkle almonds on top. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then increase baking temperature to 400 degrees and bake until the apples are tender, about 25 minutes more. If the almonds begin to brown too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Cool slightly. Remove from pan, loosening edges with a knife first. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

I'm joining in with Penny at The Comforts of Home for Tasty Tuesday.


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Yummy! That looks amazing! Thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday!

My Little Home and Garden said...

This looks delicious, Lorrie. I have a recipe very much like it (I'll have to pull it out and see if the proportions are the same). A colleague passed it on to me years ago and it was always a big hit when I made several for Treat Day at school. (Eventually, the almonds had to be omitted as the workplace became "nut free".)

I hope your readers try your recipe. A friend of mine was rhapsodizing, just last week, over the rugelach I served her around Christmas time, using your recipe. You know your way around baked goods!


Anonymous said...

Looks so delicious!

Jan Hermann said...

Oh Lorrie, this looks amazing. I'll be trying this recipe - I love apple and cinnamon and cream cheese!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh that sounds wonderful - and I have some good organic apples so I guess I should give it a try.

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh it does sounds good for sure. Love apple pies and this would just be additionally delicious with cream cheese.

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...


ellen b. said...

Oh that is a beautiful work of art, Lorrie!

free style creating by Villy said...

OOO looks amazing!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Looks delicious and not hard to make.

Barb said...

Oh my on every account! You may just be professionally skilled at bringing oohs and ahhs and moments of joy. Yum.

Judy said...

Love that dessert! It's a family favorite over here as well...clipped from a farm publication in the late 70's.

Katherine said...

Yummy! I haven't made this dish in years, but now my mouth is watering thanks to your delicious photos, Lorrie. May have to add cream cheese to my weekly shopping list... ;o)

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Oh my! That looks amazing. Thank you for the recipe, too. I am going to surprise my husband with that soon!


podso said...

It sounds good and it looks so pretty!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your apple torte looks beautiful, Lorrie! This is one of my favorite desserts to make.

Mary said...

…..and just when I started on a week trying the Paleo plan - no sugar allowed and, in all honesty, not much else that's yummy! I'll try it to see if gluten-free, dairy-free and 'goody-free' helps the old digestion, haha!

Enjoy my slice - and please feel sorry for me!!!!!


Unknown said...

What a beautiful dessert! I can't wait to try it:)

Storybook Woods said...

Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh xox Clarice

aimee said...

Lorrie--this looks incredible! In fact I would have thought it was made in a bakery if you hadn't said so:) I LOVE apple desserts and am eager to try your recipe. Do you think it would be possible for me to make a mini version of it since I am trying to be very good in regards to sweets/diet right now (and I have NO willpower when I see awesome desserts)?
Blessings, Aimee

Blessings, Aimee

Anneliese said...

I love this cake and yours looks beautiful!

GretchenJoanna said...

That looks like a keeper - with all the best and simplest yummy ingredients. I'll be printing it out, with your lovely photo, too! Thanks for sharing.

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

I made this torte last Fall. It is to die for. I used walnuts, but your use of almonds sounds wonderful I have to give it a try. I have to say this is one of the best desserts I ever ate. Pinned.

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