4 cups diced peeled Rome apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
To prepare the crust, beat the first 4 ingredients with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Add the flour to the sugar mixture, beating at medium-low speed until mixture is well-blended. Press the crust into the bottom and 3/4 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray.
To prepare the filling, beat 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, the cream cheese, and egg at low speed until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into prepared crust. Combine apple, 1/2 cup sugar, and ground cinnamon in a bowl. Spread the apple mixture evenly over cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with nuts.
Bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400° (do not remove torte from oven); bake an additional 25 minutes or until lightly browned and filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Delicious! My family demands I make this at least once a year (I typically don't make recipes twice since I love to try new things). I do make 1.5 times the crust to go up the sides of the pan and add a pinch of cinnamon to the cream cheese filling because I love cinnamon. The flavors blend over time so leftovers are almost better than the first serving! I also omit the nuts out of preference.
We love, love this recipe. I have made it numerous times and everyone who's tried it has really enjoyed it. The only things I've changed on occasion are to not peel the apples and sometimes use whole wheat pastry flour. The whole wheat flour does change the taste a little, but if you like whole wheat, I think it just gives it a little nuttiness, which I like. One recommendation - baking instructions are not good. I turn it down to 350 and bake for about 40 more minutes. If the top starts to char, cover with foil until the filling is set.
This was delicious. My first time making a torte and i had no problems at all. I didn't use any nuts (don't like nuts). The apples alone tasted delicious on the top. As others have stated, this definitely is more on the cheesecake side when you bite into it. It still is very yummy and hard to limit myself to a small wedge!
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