Bavarian Apple Torte

from melskitchencafe.com

Crust:

12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) butter, softened to room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Filling:

2 packages (8-ounce each) cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping:

3 cups peeled, thinly sliced Granny Smith Apples (about 3-4 apples)

1/2 cup granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine the first four crust ingredients. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan.

In another medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until well blended. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix well. Pour over crust and smooth the creamy layer to the edges.

Combine the topping ingredients and mix well. Spoon the coated apples over the cream cheese layer, taking care to even out the apple layer as much as possible.

Place the springform pan on a larger baking sheet and bake the torte for 60-70 minutes, until the center is set. I gently pressed on the middle of the torte (on top of the apples) to check for doneness. When there is not a lot of "give" and the center seems mostly firm, it is finished baking. Keep in mind it will continue to set up a bit as it cools. Cool completely, cut into slices and serve.