Tuesday, September 30, 2008

::Apple Cream Cheese Squares::

THIS TIME OF YEAR I AM ALWAYS ON THE HUNT FOR APPLE RECIPES. THESE SQUARES ARE EASY AND DELICIOUS. THEY HAVE A BUTTERY BASE AND A CREAMY LAYER ABOVE, WITH A BIT OF CRUNCH ON TOP. YES, THIS PICTURE SHOWS THE SQUARES MADE WITH BLUEBERRIES, BUT THAT JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW VERSATILE THEY CAN BE. I RECOMMEND TRYING THE APPLE VERSION FIRST, THEN FEEL FREE TO MIX IT UP A BIT!
{Recipe found via Harrowsmith Country Magazine}

Pastry Bottom:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Whirl in a food processor until coarse crumbs form.
Press into a lightly greased 9" x 9" pan.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
Remove and let cool.

Cream Cheese Layer:
1 pkg cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 t vanilla

Place in food processor and whirl until smooth.
Pour over cooled crust.

Apple Layer:
4 large apples, {I used fresh Mac's}, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Mix sugar, cinnamon and sprinkle over sliced apples.
Arrange apples over the cheese layer. Sprinkle with almonds.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

BAKER'S NOTES: I serve these cold. Like lemon squares, I prefer the refreshing taste of the cols squares, along with the extra crunch the base develops.

2 comments:

Ivy said...

This looks so good. Apples and cream cheese match perfectly together.

sweetpea said...

I love the world "whirl" in your instructions. It sounds so easy. Unfortunately, I don't have a food processor so I can't do any "whirling".:)