Apple Tart

1/2 c butter
1/3 c sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 c flour
Soften ingredients and pat into 9" springform pan on bottom and about 1 1/2" up sides.

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1/4 c sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
Soften cream cheese and combine with rest of filling ingredients and pour into crust

4 cups apples (3 Granny Smiths, coredd, pared and sliced thin)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 c sugar

MIx sugar and cinnamon together first; mix with sliced apples, then arrange apples in concentric circles on
top of filling.

Bake in preheated 450˚ oven for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 400˚ and continue baking for 2 minutes.
Cool and remove sides.

I add lemon zest to the filling, and squeeze over the apples. I have used lemon extract in place of vanilla as
an option. I have also added dried cherries or dried cranberries to the fruit to add a bit more texture.

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