Serves 6-8 Prep time 15 mins

Tart Crust
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour

Cream filling
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar

Topping
2-3 peeled and thinly sliced green apples
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup slivered almonds/ chopped walnuts

1 Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Make the crust: cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the vanilla.
2 Mix in the flour to make a smooth dough. You can use your finger to pinch and knead.
3 Press into the bottom of an 8-inch/20cm spring-form pan, giving it a 1-inch/2.5cm rim.
4 Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
5 Beat all the ingredients for the cream filling together until smooth.
6 Make the topping by tossing the apple slices with the cinnamon and sugar.
7 Spread the cream mixture over the tart crust. Arrange the apple slices on top, then scatter the almonds over.
8 Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Laura Calder is the host of French Food at Home on the Asian Food Channel, where she shows how easy it is to cook up lavish French meals without a hassle. She is also the author of French Taste and French Food at Home.
The 3rd season of French Food at Home airs on the Asian Food Channel (Starhub Channel 435) every Monday at 9pm.