Bavarian Cranberry Apple Torte

Sometimes I get to spoil my friends and make really fun desserts.  Husband and I had a dessert date with another couple, and I wanted to try something different and fun, who knew In Style mag would be the one to deliver the right recipe?

This recipe is from In Style, November 2011.

No substitutions were made.

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Bavarian Cranberry Apple Torte

Crust:
1 c unsalted butter
2/3 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Blend in flour to form a ball.
Press dough onto bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch spingform pan.
Spread with a thin latyer of raspberry jam.
Refrigerate crust while preparing filling.

Filling:
16 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
Pour over jam-covered crust.

Topping:
4 c peeled, cored, and sliced apples
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/3 c sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c sliced almonds

Toss apples and cranberries with sugar and cinnamon; spoon over cream cheese later and sprinkle with almonds.

Bake torte at 450 for 10 minutes; with torte still in the oven, lower heat to 400 degrees and bake for 40 additional minutes.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to firm up filling.  Use a thin knife to carefully loosen torte from sides of pan and remove.  Transfer to a serving plat and enjoy!

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cartoon-strawberry-9I can not wait to make this again.  I’m thinking of changing the apple mixture to fresh berries with pecans.  I didn’t press out the crust enough in the crease, so it was a bit hard to cut through, but, OH THE CRUST!  It’s a giant shortbread cookie.  Then layer on the raspberry jam, the cream cheese filling and the tart apples?  HEAVEN.  Do yourself a favor and make this ASAP.  Maybe even for your sweetie on Valentines!

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G.O.R.P.

Every Thursday night I get to be a part of 30 to 50 you adults and leaders, where we share dinner, hang out and talk about life. It’s literally the best night of my week. Each week we pick a theme for the food, Mexican, Salad Bar, etc. Last night we had to bring food that starts with the same letter as your first or last name.

Even though it was my idea, I had no idea what to bring. Kiwi’s? Garden Salad? Kale Chips? Green Beans? I spent a couple days wishing my Kathy started with a C, chicken is just so easy…

Then yesterday morning it dawned on me – GORP! Good Old Raisin’s & Peanuts. A Girl Scout favorite.

I found a fun recipe on AllRecipes.com and revised it a little.

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G.O.R.P

6 c Rice Chex cereal
3 c pretzel sticks
1 c raw almonds
1 c dry roasted peanuts
1 c craisins
1 c dark chocolate M&M’s
12 oz white chocolate

In a LARGE bowl, mix cereal through the M&M’s.

In a microwave safe bowl; melt the white chocolate – 1 min at a time, until smooth.

Pour the white chocolate over the cereal mix 1/3 cup at a time and mix until all pieces are coated.

Turn out onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper until cooled.

Put the whole mix back in a giant, brightly colored bowl and enjoy!