This one’s a keeper! Rich and delicious, it looks and tastes like a lot more work than it really is.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
To make the pastry, cream the butter with the ⅓ cup sugar and ¼ teaspoon vanilla. Add the flour. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
To prepare the filling, beat the cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and ½ teaspoon vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour into the pastry.
To prepare the topping, combine the ⅓ cup sugar and cinnamon. Toss with the apples. Arrange on top of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the almonds on top.
Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 400 degrees F and continue baking for 25 minutes more. Cool completely before removing the rim from the pan.