A Perfect Holiday Dessert

A couple of weeks ago, my friend, David, invited me to dinner . After several delicious courses of salad and his famous pasta bolognese [ an old family recipe which I have yet to pry out of him ] he pulled out a beautiful apple torte. I knew that he had worked all day so, how was he serving me a ‘just out of the oven’ dessert? In his words, “there are 3 simple parts to this delicious dessert”! I was not convinced that this gorgeous dessert was simple…
I have been excited to share his recipe with you but, before I posted, I wanted to make sure that it was as quick and easy as he said. I whipped it together Saturday afternoon. He was telling the truth…
If you are anything like me, you tend to indulge in a lot of everything at Christmas time. Creamy soups, cheese with everything, roasted meat and fowl, holiday cocktails – it can get out of control! When David placed this lovely, warm, caramelized apple slice in front of me, rather than inwardly groaning that I would not have enough room to finish it, I was delighted. It is the perfect dessert for the holidays – delicious, quick and light!
I tested David’s recipe on Saturday, after a full day of preparing for dinner that evening. It took me less than 10 minutes to pop it in the oven. My kind of dessert…
Bavarian Apple Torte
serves 6-8
Topping: prepare first
Peel and core 4 apples
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix brown sugar with cinnamon – set aside
Thinly slice the apples and place in a medium bowl
Add brown sugar and cinnamon mixture to the apples and allow to sit while you prepare the base and filling.
preheat oven 425*F
Base:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
Beat butter with sugar and vanilla
Add flour and mix until light and crumbly
Pour mixture into an 8 inch spring – form pan, bringing 1/4 inch up the side of pan.
Filling:
1 – 8 oz package of cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat until smooth and creamy, spread over base
Arrange apples in a circular fashion on top of the filling.
Place in preheated oven for 10 minutes
Reduce oven temperature to 400*F and bake for 20-25 mins

Serve warm or chilled with whipped cream.
Thanks for reading.
  • Kaitie

    That looks soo pretty

    • Thanks Sweetie! I am having some technical troubles this morning – did your posting look like my edit page?

  • apples, sugar, cinnamon, and some cheese are always winners in my book. gorgeous.

  • Looks so easy – will give it a try as soon as I can convert the cup sizes (I did buy a set when in Saint John so should be easier now! ) x

    • Definately give it a whirl – so simple and tastey!

  • Jane

    The instructions say to peel and core the apples, but in the pictures the peel appears to be on – looks really pretty. Is there an apple variety that works best if you do leave the peel on?

    • You are correct – I did not peel the apples. I prefer them with the peel. Either was will work with whatever apples you love!
      Thanks for reading.

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