Recipe of the Week
This Apple Tart is a delicious combination of a shortbread crust, a cream cheese filling, slices of cinnamon-sugared apples, and a scattering of sliced almonds. This tart is so good warm from the oven, when the shortbread is nice and crisp, the filling is soft and creamy, and the slices of apple are warm and fragrant.
I love the flavor and texture of a shortbread crust. It is an easy crust to make as the ingredients are simply placed in your food processor and pulsed until clumps start to form. Then all you have to do is press it into a springform pan and then its on to making the cream cheese filling. Again, the filling is made in the food processor and its flavor will remind you of cheesecake, albeit a little softer. Once it is poured over the uncooked shortbread crust, slices of cinnamon-sugared apples are mounded on top. The finishing touch is sliced almonds. The tart is baked first in a very hot oven for 10 minutes and then the temperature is reduced. It is done when the crust has nicely browned, the filling is set, and the apples are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. This tart is excellent warm from the oven, at room temperature, or even cold.