Friday, June 21, 2013

(Updated) Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Another update to an old post. This one originally had no pictures. Having remade this recently, I decided to give this one a little update.

A quick tip, I would recommend making the crust first, but before baking, make the streusel and cut up the apples. Then put the crust in the oven and make the cream cheese filling in the mean time. This way when the crust is ready, all of the components will be ready for quick assembly.

Original Post (11/21/10)
Last year a friend of mine and I decided to have an apple pie off at one of our tailgates. We both made an apple pie and our friends determined the winner. In the end we tied. He had a great crust, but I had better apple filling. It was so popular we decided to do it again. This year we held the First Annual Dessert Off while tailgating at the Gators verses South Carolina game. The rules were simple:

1. Anyone can enter
2. The dessert has to be one you have never made before.
3. You can not practice before hand.

It was a great turn out, and I finally had a chance to try out a recipe I had found awhile back. Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake. I must say that is probably one of the best desserts I have ever had. The sour of the apples balanced great with the sweet of the caramel. The recipe is slightly involved, but it is worth the work. I high recommend this for any event.

2 c. flour
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3 large eggs
1.5 tsp. vanilla extract

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped (I added a little lime juice so the apples wouldn' t brown)
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Streusel topping:
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 c. flour
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened

1/2 cup caramel topping

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line pan with butter.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar.

3. Cut in butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly.

4. Press evenly into a baking pan.

5. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

6. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.

7. Then add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Stir to combine.

8. Pour over warm crust.

9. In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

10. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

Streusel Topping: 
11. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix by hand.

12. Sprinkle evenly over the apples.

13. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set.

14. Place in the fridge and let it cool.
15. Remove and drizzle with caramel topping.

16. Stuff face!

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