I was invited to my mom’s place in Boulder Creek (Santa Cruz Mountains near the cool haunted Brookdale Lodge) for a family get together and I was inclined to bake a dessert.
I pondered on something easy, not overly sweet, out of a box or ugly. As always, I wanted to “WOW” the guests. So I opted for an Apple Tart.
I weigh ALMOST everything I bake- SO get a scale or go by my measurements
1 Trader Joes Pie Crust THAWED
2 1/2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored & sliced THIN wedges AND PATTED DRY ON PAPER TOWEL
1 tsp. Cinnamon
4 oz. or 1/4 cup Bakers Sugar
10 oz. or 1.25 cups ROOM TEMP Cream Cheese
6 oz. or 1/3 cup bakers sugar
1 ROOM TEMP Jumbo Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla Paste or Extract (I LUV the paste!)
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Heat oven to 400 degrees
Roll out dough AND Press onto Tart Shell (or Cookie Sheet, if going for a Rustic Look).
Combine 1 tsp. Cinnamon with 1/4 Cup Sugar and Apples and set aside.
In Stand Up Mixer or Processor or Electric Beater (whatever you’ve got) combine all other ingredients and mix for 2 minutes until very creamy and voluminous; Spread into tart shell.
Arrange apples in an artful manner. I picked a flower.
*Crack some Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Sugar on top- bakes up with a little crunch on top.
Bake 35 minutes!
Cool & Enjoy!