I am very excited that Tina from Mom's Crazy Cooking decided to keep the Crazy Cooking Challenge going! So this month our challenge was apple pie. Just in time for the holidays! I didn't know what route I wanted to go with the apple pie but I did decided I didn't want a normal apple pie. I subscribe to e-mails from Better Homes and Gardens and I decided after looking through a fall recipe blast I would try there. As soon as I saw the name of the recipe I knew it was destiny. It has cheese not only is it cheese but cream cheese. Enough said. Another thing I did love is that it reminds me of a toaster strudel! This is definitely going in the holiday recipe have to's. The only thing that did puzzle me about this was the recipe was the name. While eating half of the slab with my sweet we were trying to think of different names, apple cheese pie tart, apple cheese pie pocket, apple cheese pie tart slab pocket yummy goodness? I think every time we talk about it the name is different so I believe we will just keep the original. Happy treats my friends!
117.3 ounce package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
2 1/2 pounds cooking apples, peeled (if desired), cored, and thinly sliced (about 7 cups)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons coarse sugar (I used granulated sugar)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan; set aside (I used a 13x9 pan). On a lightly floured surface, unfold one pastry sheet and roll into a 15x10-inch rectangle. Transfer to the prepared baking pan, pressing dough to edges of pan. Bake in the preheated oven about 12 minutes or until golden brown (pastry will puff and shrink from sides of pan). Cool on a wire rack.
2. Meanwhile, in an extra-large skillet, cook apples in hot butter over medium heat about 8 minutes or just until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, the flour, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Sprinkle over apples. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 2 minutes more; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla just until combined. Carefully spread cream cheese mixture over baked pastry to within 1 inch of the edges. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese mixture.
4. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the remaining pastry sheet and roll into about a 13x9-inch rectangle (make sure pastry is large enough to completely cover apple mixture). Place on top of apple mixture. Lightly press edges of top pastry to edges of bottom pastry. Lightly brush pastry with milk. Using a sharp knife, cut a few slits in pastry to allow steam to escape. In a small bowl, combine coarse sugar and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle over pastry.
5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until pastry is slightly puffed and golden brown. Cool on wire rack about 45 minutes. Serve slightly warm. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
recipe from Better Homes and Gardens