I love the idea of a beautiful apple tart! I think its Apple rose topping makes a wonderful centerpiece to any dessert table. When I set out to make my own "Italian" version of the ever so famous French apple tart I suddenly remembered my aversion to making pie crusts. Crusts and I have never quite had a loving relationship. I always try so hard and they all ended up disappointing me. But then I remembered a fantastic secret a Nonna taught me when she was showing me a cookie recipe. She made a wonderful crust out of cream cheese, butter and flour and it all came together so effortlessly I couldn't even believe it! I jazzed up her cream cheese crust by adding just a bit of sugar and Eccola! I made a crust that could even make a Nonna proud! I decided to fill my Apple tart with a cream filling as opposed to an apple compote because I love the different textures from the silky mascarpone and the flaky crust and finally the soft apples. I know you're all going to love it!