I recently made this for a graduation dinner party for a friend who went back to college and completed her degree. I found the recipe at Food.Com and modified it slightly. You can get their recipe Bavarian Apple Cheese Cake Tart or here is my version. The crust is very light, the filling sweet but thin almost like a pastry cream so the apples are the star.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 3/4 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 3 eggs
- 4 cups apples, peeled,and sliced fairly thin (I used granny smith as I like them a little tart and make sure you immediately place them in a bowl filled with cold water and about 1/4 cup of lemon juice to keep them from browning)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce (I used honey caramel)
Mix butter, flour, 1/2 cup of the white sugar and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla. Press into greased 10″ springform pan covering the bottom. (The dough was softer than I expected but it came out perfectly when baked.)
Mix cream cheese, 1/2 cup white sugar, eggs and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and beat until fluffy.
Pour into the springform pan on top of the dough.
Combine the apples, brown sugar and cinnamon and arrange in a nice design over the cream cheese.
Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Drizzle with caramel sauce just before serving.