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Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake


Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 6 Tbsp graham flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

Filling

  • 24 oz full fat cream cheese, cubed, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 6 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Apple Topping

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 4 Honeycrisp apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 10-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. For the crust, whisk together flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Combine melted butter and sugars in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture and fold in until incorporated. Use a piece of parchment paper lightly coated with nonstick spray to press dough evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust for 18 minutes, until golden and set. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. For the filling, beat cream cheese and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down bowl with a spatula as needed. Add yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to low, add the eggs one at a time, and mix until just incorporated. Pour filling over cooled crust; smooth top with an offset spatula.
  3. Bake at 325°F for 55 minutes, until the sides of the cheesecake are slightly puffed. Turn oven off, prop open oven door with a wooden spoon, and let cheesecake sit in the oven for 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from oven and cool to room temperature on a wire rack for 2 hours. Run a knife around the top edge of the cheesecake to loosen it from pan; cover and chill overnight.
  4. For the salted caramel sauce, combine brown sugar, butter, and heavy cream in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until butter has melted completely. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt until smooth. Pour sauce into a glass bowl to cool to room temperature.
  5. For the apple topping, combine butter and brown sugar in a large skillet and melt over medium-high heat. Add apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and cook until lightly caramelized and soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer apples to a bowl and cool slightly.
  6. When ready to serve, remove side of pan and transfer cheesecake to a plate. Top cheesecake with warm apple topping, drizzle with caramel sauce, and sprinkle with pecans.

Notes

Make ahead: Cheesecake (without topping) can be made ahead, wrapped tightly, and frozen for up to a month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving with topping.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 450
  • Carbohydrates: 46

Keywords: Caramel, Apple, Pecan, Cheesecake

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