The shortbread crust and cream cheese filling topped with fresh apples make a perfect dessert combination. Choose firm apples that hold their shape when baking, such as Crispin, Golden Delicious or Spy.
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 package (8 oz.) light cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup, chopped pecans
Icing sugar for dusting
Step 1: In bowl, cream together butter, sugar and lemon rind until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and salt until dough starts to come together (dough will be crumbly and dry in appearance).
Step 2: Press onto bottom and up sides of 9" nonstick springform pan.
Step 1: Beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour over crust.
Step 1: In bowl, toss together apples, brown sugar and cinnamon; spoon over filling. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake in bottom third of 400ºF oven for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Remove ring; let cool completely. To serve, dust with icing sugar.