Golden Apple Cheesecake

pwhayes 09-26-99 11:36 AM

Golden Apple Cheesecake
Serves 10

Sweet Pastry (recipe follows)
4 cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced Golden Delicious apples
1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 sliced almonds

Sweet Pastry:
6 Tbsp softened butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 425 F and lightly grease a springform pan.

In medium bowl with electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Stir in flour until soft dough forms.

Prepare Sweet Pastry. Pat pastry into bottom and 1 1/4 inches up sides of lightly greased springform pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned; set aside.

Reduce oven heat to 400 degrees F. Place apples in shallow pan, cover with foil, and bake 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/3 cup sugar. Beat in egg, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt until smooth; spoon into partially baked pie shell.

Arrange warm, partially cooked apple slices on top of cream cheese layer. Combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples. Top with almonds.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is brown and apples are tender. Cool before cutting.

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