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Almond Apple Cream Cheese Tart

1 pie crust, to fit a 9-inch pan
1 (7 ounce) boxodense almond paste
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
14 cup sugar
1 large egg
12 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 pinch salt
2 tart apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices
14 cup brown sugar
12 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons apricot jam


Preheat oven to 375F. Roll out pie crust to a line tart pan, carefully pressing into corners and up sides. Between two sheets of wax paper, roll the Almond Paste into a 9-10 inch circle. Lay the Almond Paste circle over the pie shell and gently press into it. With knife, remove any excess pie shell or Almond Paste from edge of tart pan, making it even. Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg, lemon rind and salt until light and fluffy, and spoon evenly onto crust. In a bowl, toss together the sliced apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Layer apple slices over cream cheese mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cream cheese is set and slightly puffed. Set pan on wire rack to cool. In a microwave or small saucepan, melt apricot jam with one tablespoon water. Brush apples for a shiny beautiful glaze. Unmold when cool. Serve room temperature or chilled.

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