Apple Kuchen

apple kuchen is like a square apple pie/cake
Apple Kuchen is better than apple pie!

APPLE KUCHEN
Better than Apple Pie!

Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces

Filling:
1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, at room temperature

Topping:
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 cups apples, (peeled if desired) cored, and thinly sliced

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9×13-inch pan.

To make the crust: Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl or food processor fitted with a steel blade and mix to combine. Add the vanilla and butter, a little at a time, and mix until it resembles cornmeal. Press into the prepared baking pan and transfer to the oven. Bake until golden, about15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees.

To make the filling: Place the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle and beat until creamy. Add the egg, mix to combine, an pour over the cooled crust.

Place the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix to combine.

Spread the apples on top of the filling. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and transfer to the oven. Bake until firm and a rich brown, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 to 24 pieces.

Adapted from a recipe from Fireside.

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