Apple Tart Recipe

Bavarian Apple Tart

Bavarian apple tart that has moist, sweet apples nestled in a cream cheese layer atop a sweet crust.

45 min. prep time
12 servings
959 Ratings



1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla


1/2 cup sugar
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 medium (4 cups) tart cooking apples, peeled, sliced 1/4-inch
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash ground cardamom
1/4 cup sliced almonds


Heat oven to 375°F.

Combine all crust ingredients in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until dough leaves sides of bowl and forms a ball. Press onto bottom of 10-inch springform pan.  Bake 10 minutes.

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, cream cheese, eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla in same bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Spread mixture over crust.

Place apples in another bowl. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom; toss to coat. Arrange apples in concentric circles over filling, pressing narrow end of apple slices into cream cheese mixture.

Bake 45 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds; continue baking 15-20 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely.

Remove rim from springform pan.  Store refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 360

Fat: 23g

Cholesterol: 110mg

Sodium: 200mg

Carbohydrates: 34g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 6g

Recipe #5040©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

could I use chopped walnut ontop instead of almonds and would it be OK to add these at the beginning instead of halfway through the baking?
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Susan, you could definitely substitute chopped walnuts in this tart if you would like. The reason for adding them halfway through baking is so they don't burn in the oven. We'd still suggest adding them halfway through the baking to avoid burning. Hope this helps - happy baking!
Posted June 25, 2015
What type of apples are good for this recipe?
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Maggie, we would recommend using a tart, crisp apple such as Granny Smith or Jonagold. Happy baking!
Posted January 21, 2015
I have been making this dessert for 30 years! At Passover, I make a matzo nut crust which works out very well. I learned to make this dessert in a cooking class and it's still one of my favorites, year around!
Easy and delicious
This is my go to dessert when I go to someones home. Not only is it delish, but professional looking as well. I always get rave reviews. Very easy to make and a sure hit with everyone.
I made this for a dinner party, and it was such a hit! Everyone bragged about it, and wanted the recipe! Of course I told them to check out Land O'Lakes website for this delicious recipe! My only concern in baking it was that I kept it in the oven for longer than the total recommended time of 65 minutes, and still was not able to have a clean knife when inserted in the center. So I decided it had been in long enough, took it out of the oven, cooled it, then chilled it in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. It was cooked through, so there was no need to worry. Recommend this recipe!
I've been making this recipe for years and it's always a hit. I like making it in the fall as a slight change from all the apple pies.
This is best served chilled.
I recently tried out this recipe for my family, and staff at my son's business.
Everyone raved about it - I have made it 3 times since, and will probably make it for the holidays. I would like to eat the whole thing myself!!!
Loved how easy it was to prepare. Served at end of meeting and all wanted the recipe and a couple took slice home to husband. Excellent......

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
5 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Bavarian Apple Tart

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.



    Starting February 15th, you will not be able to access your Simple Rewards account due to routine site maintenance. Accounts will return to normal functionality on February 29th.

    Thank you for visiting

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window