Autumn Apple Torte
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups thinly sliced, peeled Granny Smith apples (about 2 medium)
- 2 cups thinly sliced, peeled Cortland apples (about 2 medium)
- 1/4 cup cinnamon-sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
- Preheat oven to 450°. In a small bowl, cream butter and 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
- In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Add egg and almond extract; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into crust.
- Place apples in a large bowl. Mix cinnamon-sugar and nutmeg; add to apples and toss to coat. Arrange over cream cheese mixture. Bake 5 minutes.
- Reduce oven setting to 400°. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Cool on a wire rack.
- Remove rim from pan. In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over torte; sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars
For the crust:
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1 c. unsalted butter, softened
For the cheesecake:
- 3 8-oz. blocks cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 c. sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
For the streusel topping:
- 3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 c. granulated sugar
- 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Caramel, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9-x-13” baking pan with parchment paper.
- Make crust: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add butter and use your hands, or a pastry cutter, to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it’s crumbly and moist. Press into prepared pan and set aside.
- Make filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluff. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Mix in vanilla and salt. Pour over the crust.
- In a small bowl, toss together apples, 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Make streusel topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sugar, flour and oats, then cut in butter with a fork or pastry cutter.
- Scatter apples on top of the cheesecake mixture, then top with oat mixture.
- Bake until the cheesecake is only slightly jiggly in the center, about 55 minutes. Let cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Before serving, drizzle with caramel sauce and slice into squares.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
- 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
- 6 baking apples, about 3 inches in diameter (such as Braeburn, Granny Smith or Rome)
- 3 tablespoons raisins
- 3 tablespoons chopped nuts
- 2 ½ cups packed brown sugar
- 1 1/3 cups water
- Heat the oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender or fork, until particles are the size of small peas. Sprinkle with the cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well with fork until all flour is moistened. Gather the dough together, and press it into a 6x4-inch rectangle.
- Lightly sprinkle flour over a cutting board or countertop. Cut off 1/3 of the dough with a knife; set aside. On the floured surface, place 2/3 of the dough. Flatten dough evenly, using hands or a rolling pin, into a 14-inch square; cut into 4 squares. Flatten the remaining 1/3 of the dough into a 14x7-inch rectangle; cut into 2 squares. You will have 6 squares of dough.
- Remove the stem end from each apple. Place the apple on a cutting board. Using a paring knife, cut around the core by pushing the knife straight down to the bottom of the apple and pull up. Move the knife and make the next cut. Repeat until you have cut around the apple core. Push the core from the apple. (Or remove the cores with an apple corer.) Peel the apples with a paring knife.
- Place 1 apple on the center of each square of dough. In a small bowl, mix the raisins and nuts. Fill the center of each apple with raisin mixture. Moisten the corners of each square with small amount of water; bring 2 opposite corners of dough up over apple and press corners together. Fold in sides of remaining corners; bring corners up over apple and press together. Place dumplings in a 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish.
- In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the brown sugar and 1 1/3 cups water to boiling over high heat, stirring frequently. Carefully pour the sugar syrup around the dumplings.
- Bake about 40 minutes, spooning syrup over apples 2 or 3 times, until crust is browned and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Serve warm or cooled with syrup from pan.