Mystery Apple Cream Cheese Tart

Apple Cream Cheese Tart

Apple Cream Cheese Mystery Tart

My friend, Cathy, invited me to a potluck Christmas party, but, what a party. This was a party for the Sisters in Crime, a group of women mystery writers. We were treated to the published authors reading from their newest books.

When we originally talked about this, I was going to make Scrambled Burger Quiche, but I never made it to the store, so there I was with another mystery on my hands – what could I make that would be simple, quick, and stunning with what I had on hand.

I looked in the refrigerator and saw I had a package of cream cheese, 4 apples, eggs and Panko bread crumb topping left over from Cranberry Brown Betty. Amber had made a wonderful Gorgonzola Pear tart for Thanksgiving, and that was what gave me the idea to make this tart. Mystery solved! Apple Cream Cheese Tart coming up!

Apple Cream Cheese Tart



  • 1 package Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar


  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla


  • 3 apples, sliced thinly

First Glaze

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, freshly grated

Second Glaze

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325.


  1. Have ready a Quiche pan that you have greased well with butter.
  2. Melt the butter, and combine it with the brown sugar and breadcrumbs. Dump the whole into the Quiche pan and spread it all out bringing a bit up on the sides.

    Panko crust

  3. Filling

    1. Put the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese until it is smooth. Add the sugar, cinnamon and mace, and continue to cream until the sugar is thoroughly incorporated. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on medium speed about two minutes.


    2. Pour the filling into the prepared pan, spreading it out with a spatula. Don’t worry if some of the crust comes into the filling.
    3. Topping

      1. Peel the apples, core and slice them into thin slices. Arrange the slices in a circular pattern on top of the filling.

        Apples on top of filling

      2. First Glaze

        1. Melt the butter and add the spices. Mix thoroughly, and using a pastry brush, brush the glaze on the apples. Be generous.

          Ready for the oven

        2. Put the tart into the oven for 25 minutes. Open the oven door.
        3. Second Glaze

          1. Melt the butter and sugar together, and add the cornstarch. Mix thoroughly.


          2. Paint the top of the tart with the glaze with a pastry brush.
          3. Close the oven door, and bake another five minutes, or until the apples are shiny in appearance.
          4. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving.

          Apple Cream Cheese Mystery Tart

Quick notes

Watch carefully for burning.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: French

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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2 Responses to Mystery Apple Cream Cheese Tart

  1. Amber Lewis says:

    The tart looks great, can’t wait to try it