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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Apple Bavarian Torte: My Favorite Apple Dessert

Confession: I’m not that into fruit pies, cobblers or crisps. I mean, they’re okay but not my first choice. Nate, on the other hand, goes weak in the knees over a good apple crisp and loves those other fruity desserts almost as much. That’s really saying something because he rarely goes weak in the knees over food. This is just another of the many ways in which he and I are complete opposites! (Shout-out to the ever wise Paula Abdul.)

apple bavarian torte from @janemaynard

But there are a few fruity desserts that I can get on board with. This Apple Bavarian Torte is one of them. The recipe has been hiding on my blog since Day One, but I have never written a post about it or photographed it for you. Honestly, I’m usually making this torte late the night before Thanksgiving so photographing has never been an option!

apple bavarian torte from @janemaynard

Since autumn is in the air I decided it was a good time to finally give this apple recipe the attention it deserves. It is SO GOOD. Even this apple dessert hater loves it.

apple bavarian torte from @janemaynard

A friend named Sarah gave me this recipe nearly 15 years ago. (Sarah is also the one who gave me the pizza crust recipe that I still use to this day. I sure am glad I met Sarah!) Sarah got this apple Bavarian torte recipe at a Pampered Chef party and that’s about all I know about it. Well, besides the fact that it’s amazing.

apple bavarian torte from @janemaynard

apple bavarian torte from @janemaynard

Apple Bavarian Torte
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Adapted from The Pampered Chef
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • Crust:
  • ½ cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • Cheese mixture:
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Apple mixture:
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced thin (Jane note: I usually only use 2 apples and just make one layer of apples on the torte. If you like more apples, feel free to do more than one layer. I love Granny Smiths for this recipe)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 450º F.
  2. Cream together crust ingredients until well mixed using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Press crust dough flat into the bottom of a springform pan. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, blend cheese and sugar well with a hand mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture over crust.
  5. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a medium bowl. Toss apples in mixture then layer over the top of the cream cheese mixture in the pan.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes at 450º (I only bake for 8 minutes). Reduce heat to 400 and bake 25 minutes more (I bake 15 minutes more). Sprinkle top with almonds and turbinado sugar and continue baking until lightly browned, 5-7 more minutes. (When I follow the original baking times, the torte is cooked a little too long, so I shortened baking times as indicated in the parentheses.)
  7. Cool before removing from pan. Run a knife around the edges before removing from opening the sides of the springform pan.


  1. 1

    um….i don’t care for apple desserts either, but i can’t wait to try…going on my thanksgiving menu already!

  2. i am so making this. wow, it’s beautiful!

  3. 3

    Do you know if this is similar to the apple cake they have at Ikea? I know, probably shouldn’t ask an apple dessert hater that but I love that cake and this sounds like it could be similar!

  4. This would be a hit at my house too.

  5. I need to make this. It’s SO pretty. Apple anything makes me happy! Pinned!

  6. So lovely. I can tell fall is creeping into my head because I’ve been craving apples!

  7. 7
    Rachel U

    oooo can’t wait to try this! looks SO good.

  8. Ha! My husband and I are the same way only reversed. I LOVE cobblers and fruity desserts and he’s more of a chocolate/cake guy. Needless to say, I’m sure I would love this!

  9. 9
    laura in San Diego

    I made this on Friday but subbed the apples with pears (we recently moved to the Seattle area and pears just started coming in to the stores but I’ll try with apples next time!) Used almond extract and minus the cinnamon…love the crust and filling!!!!! My 5 and 8 year olds and husband told me your recipe is a keeper!

  10. 10

    Sounds great – 8 in or 9 in springform pan?

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