My friend, Kathleen, made this Saturday night for Connie's birthday celebration. Wow! What a delicious dessert. She uses a can of apples and adds her own sugar and spices, rather than pie filling.
BAVARIAN APPLE TORTE
Crust: ½ cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
Filling: 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
Topping: 1 can Comstock apple pie filling
Pumpkin or apple pie spice mix or cinnamon
Cream butter and sugar for crust until light and fluffy. Stir in ¼ t. vanilla and then blend in flour. Press this mixture into a bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan. Work the crust gently up the sides of the pan about 1 inch.
Combine cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar well and blend until smooth. Add the egg and the ½ teaspoon vanilla. Spread the filling evenly over the unbaked crust.
Place the apple pie filling slices in a decorative pattern over the top and sprinkle with spice. Toss on a few sliced almonds.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees and continue baking an additional 25 minutes. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before removing the sides of the pan to serve. You can also cool pan, cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator until serving.
Variations: I substitute the vanilla extract with almond extract. To lower the caloric content, I use a can of NO SUGAR ADDED Comstock apple pie filling and add apple or pumpkin pie spice to the slices.