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Harvest Almond and Apple Pie

December 9, 2016
This Harvest Almond and Apple Pie is to die for!
Harvest Apple Pie - This sweet, tart and creamy pie is the perfect fall and winter dessert!
This almond and apple tart is the pure taste of fall.  Rich shortbread base, creamy cream cheese filling, tart cinnamon apples and slight bite of the slivered almonds make it the perfect dessert!

Apple pie and fork on white plate with black coffee and apples in background.

Apple Pie, red apples, spatula, forks and white plates on white cloth.

Apple pie on white dish with forks, white plates and red apples in background.

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This Harvest Almond and Apple Pie has been making its way around my family for many years.  We make it over and over and over again.  Because it’s amazing.  There’s nothing I would rather dig into on a sunny fall afternoon than a big slice of this pie and a cup of good black coffee.  Afternoon snack heaven.
Let’s talk ingredients for a minute.  If you have a quick look at the list you might notice that there are a few things on it that you might not consider ‘on a dime’.  Butter, cream cheese, slivered almonds and even vanilla stand out to me.  But this dessert doesn’t have to be expensive to make.  Check out our posts on Pantry Staples, Freezer Staples and Fridge Staples.

Money-saving tips for this easy apple tart recipe:

If you’re making this in the fall, apples are everywhere and cheap.  (PS – If you bake with apples often, consider one of these machines – they make it so much faster to peel, core and cut apples into perfect slices!)
Related: How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract | Save Money on Groceries
Flour, sugar, eggs and cinnamon are cheap, as is instant coffee.  I never drink instant coffee.  I just bought a small jar of it years ago to keep in the back of my pantry, only to be used in this dessert.  It’s probably expired.  It really doesn’t matter.
And if you’re not a fan of coffee, don’t be scared off by that little ingredient – it doesn’t stand out in this dessert – just adds a delicious undertone.
So for now, watch for cream cheese and butter to go on sale, pick up a little bag of slivered almonds (one little bag will make this a few times) and go make this dessert.  You won’t be disappointed.

Questions & Answers about this Harvest Almond and Apple Pie Recipe:

What kind of apples should I use?
I’ve made this with all kinds of different apples, and it’s always delicious.  Use whatever you have on hand, and just make sure you taste an apple once you’ve added your cinnamon and sugar to make sure it’s sweet enough.
Can I leave out the coffee?
Well, I suppose technically you could, but honestly you barely taste it – it just adds amazing depth to the cream cheese filling in this recipe and I highly recommend giving it a try!
Can I make this ahead of time?
This is a fantastic dessert recipe to make ahead of time!  It’s best when it’s been chilled in the fridge anyway, and served cold or at room temperature, so you can easily make it a day ahead of time.

Step-by-Step instructions – Harvest Almond and Apple Pie

Red apples, Cream Cheese boxes, almonds in bag, butter, brown egg, vanilla extract and instant coffee on wooden cutting board. Sugar and flour in glass jars on black background.
Ingredients for Harvest Almond and Apple Pie.

Butter, vanilla extract, white sugar and flour in mixing bowl with metal beaters.

Mix 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 cup of flour in a bowl.  Add 1/2 cup of softened butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix well.
Tip: If you don’t remember to take butter (or cream cheese) out of the fridge ahead of time, you can cut it up into tiny squares, or grate it (in the case of the butter) onto a large plate before you start cooking.  The smaller pieces will soften much faster at room temperature than a big block.

Crumbs on tart pan on wooden cutting board

Press gently into the bottom and up the sides of of a 9 inch pie plate or tart dish.

Coffee grinds in white bowl, sugar in yellow measuring cup, egg and cream cheese in glass mixing bowl. All on a wooden cutting board.

Blend two (8 oz) packages of cream cheese until smooth.  Add one room temperature egg and beat to combine.
Tip: If your egg is cold, just put it in a dish with warm water for a few minutes and it will warm up.
Press 1 teaspoon of instant coffee to a fine powder with a spoon and add coffee and 1/4 cup of sugar to cream cheese mixture.  Blend well.

Cream cheese mixture spread on pie base by white and blue spatula on a wooden cutting board.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over base.

Apple cored and sliced by green metal apple corer on dark background.,

Peel, core and slice your around 2lbs of apples (this was about three medium sized apples for me).
Tip:  If you have a handy tool like this one it goes even faster and results in perfect slices!

Sliced apples with sugar mixture in white bowl on a wood background.

Toss apples with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of sugar (more or less to taste, depending on the tartness of your apples).

Close up of sliced apples in tart pan.

Arrange apples on cream cheese mixture, in a decorative fashion if you like.

Sliced almonds on top of sliced apples in tart pan on wood background. Sliced almonds in metal measuring cup.

Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of slivered almonds.
Bake in preheated 425 degree F oven for 10 minutes.  Lower heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 25 more minutes.  Chill to set.

Apple Pie, red apples, spatula, forks and white plates on white cloth.

Enjoy!

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This Harvest Almond and Apple Pie is to die for!
Harvest Almond and Apple Pie
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

This almond and apple tart is the pure taste of fall. Rich shortbread base, creamy cream cheese and coffee filling, tart cinnamon apples and slight bite of the slivered almonds make it the perfect dessert!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple recipes, fall desserts
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 332 kcal
Author: Myra
Ingredients
For Base
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened to room temperature)*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
For Cream Cheese Layer
  • 2 pkg cream cheese (8 oz each) softened to room temperature*
  • 1 egg**
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee crushed to fine powder with a spoon
For Apple Layer & Topping
  • 2 lbs apples peeled, cored and sliced (this was about three medium sized apples for me)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Base: Mix flour and 1/3 cup sugar. Add butter and vanilla, mix well. Press into ungreased pie plate or tart pan.

  3. Filling: Cream together cream cheese and egg. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and instant coffee and blend well. Spread over base.
  4. Peel, core and slice apples. Toss with 3 tbsp sugar (or more to taste, depending on tartness of apples) and cinnamon. Place over filling in decorative pattern.
  5. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes. Lower heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 25 more minutes. Refrigerate to set.
Recipe Notes

* If your butter and cream cheese are cold, cut them into small squares and leave them spread out on a large plate while you work on the other parts of the recipe - they will soften much faster than if you leave them in a large block.  (You can even grate the butter).

** To quickly bring an egg up to room temperature, submerge it in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.

 

Nutrition Facts
Harvest Almond and Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Potassium 173mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 16.1%
Vitamin C 4.2%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was originally published on December 9, 2016.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Elaine E C Dennis October 1, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Myra, do you have a carb count for this pie/tart? I’d really appreciate it as Bill is diabetic ….
    Thanks so much – it sounds delicious!!!

    • Reply Myra October 2, 2017 at 5:58 am

      Hi Elaine, I don’t, unfortunately! 🙁 Maybe there’s some type of online calculator you can run it through? I wouldn’t want to venture any guesses! Sorry!

  • Reply Lu December 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Is this a family recipe Myra?

    • Reply Myra December 19, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Yes, my mom and my Aunt Elisa have made it for years and years… not sure what the origin is or who to credit, but I’m super grateful to whoever created it, because it’s SO good! 🙂

  • Reply Lorena Landry December 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Looks heavenly. I can just taste it now. Will definately make it over the holidays. I rather bake just before a special occasion than have a freezer full of sweets which are too tempting. Apples, cinnamon and cream cheese and short bread base! Yum Yum.

    • Reply Myra December 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks Lorena! I think you’ll enjoy it. I know we do! 🙂

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