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There are gazillions of recipes on the Internet for Bavarian apple cheese cake or torte, but most are sweeter than typical German pastries. I prefer this recipe posted several years ago by a lady from Germany as it makes me think I'm eating authentic German torte. It is certainly sweet, but not overly so, and not rich and heavy with cream cheese (many other recipes have double the amount and are more correctly called a cheese cake than a torte.) If you want to think you're visiting an authentic German "byckerei" try making this simple but divine dessert.

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Servings: 8-10 Servings


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  1. Set oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray bottom and sides of an 8" or 9" springform pan with butter or vegetable spray.
  2. CRUST: In a medium size mixing bowl beat butter until soft and creamy; add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla, mixing well; blend in the flour. Press crust mixture lightly and evenly in bottom of prepared pan.
  3. FILLING: In same mixing bowl and using same mixer blades, beat cream cheese til soft and smooth. Beat in 1/4 cup sugar, eggs and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Pour filling over crust.
  4. APPLE TOPPING: In large bowl stir together 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon. Add prepared apple wedges and toss gently to coat all sides. Arrange apple wedges in desired pattern on top of filling.
  5. ALMOND TOPPING: Sprinkle almonds over top of apples evenly.
  6. Bake 45 to 55 minutes until tester inserted into cheese filling comes out clean (do not overbake.) Cool in pan on wire rack 30 minutes or until about room temperature. Remove sides of pan and serve,or refrigerate and serve chilled.
  7. This recipe makes 8 generous slices but can serve 10-12 if it tops off a big dinner.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 150g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 399  
Calories from Fat 203 51%
Total Fat 23.13g 29%
Saturated Fat 13.18g 53%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Potassium 145mg 4%
Total Carbs 44.45g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 7%
Sugars 29.92g 20%
Protein 5.2g 8%



  • inowotsgud
    October 17, 2011
    Can't wait to try it. Sounds yummy and a lot less rich!
    • Sheba
      November 6, 2011
      Made this for hubby & grandkids. Very simple to make and the results are terrific.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


      • Salad Foodie
        November 6, 2011
        So glad you tried it out, Sheba, and thanks for your review! It's about time for me to make again for the fall company ahead!
        • Bob Vincent
          October 19, 2011
          Hi Salad Foodie. This sounds delectable. I think the idea of less sweetness. I usually make cheese cake several times a year during Holiday season. With apples in season this looks like a great option. I have added to my my Try Soon folder. Thanks for sharing!

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