Apple Caramel Delight Cheesecake

Apple Caramel Delight Cheesecake

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I like to make this Apple Caramel Delight Cheesecake in the autumn when I want something extra special to serve my family. My husband loves this recipe. Creamy cheesecake lined with a buttery, pecan crust and topped with a delightful apple caramel topping. So yummy! And the perfect dessert for fall.

 

Serving Apple Cheesecake for an Autumn Dessert

Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts to make. Especially when I want to serve something extra-special to guests. And they are really quite simple to put together. It just takes a little practice and and a morsel or two of confidence! As Julia Child used to say…you must be fearless in the kitchen!

For this recipe you’ll need a springform pan. This makes for easy removal of the cheesecake when you’re ready to serve it.

Chilled Cheesecake Ready to Serve

Also, many people worry about having cracks on the top of a cheesecake. Some like to bake the cheesecake in a large pan of water, or with a pan of water that sits on the rack below the cheesecake.

Please note that I am NOT adding any special instructions to prevent cracks for this cheesecake. Because for this recipe you do not need to worry about such things! This dessert has a lovely apple and caramel topping. No one is going to notice if you have a crack or two!

See my other Cheesecake Recipes Here.

 

Ingredients for Apple Caramel Delight Cheesecake

(See full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

Crust

  • graham crackers, crushed
  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • finely chopped pecan
  • melted butter

Filling

  • cream cheese, softened
  • granulated sugar
  • large eggs (3 of them)
  • vanilla extract

Topping

  • Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • lemon juice
  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • your favorite caramel topping
  • whipped cream, for garnish

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Spray the bottom and sides of a springform pan with baking spray.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Place graham crackers into a plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin. One cup is almost a full sleeve of graham crackers.

Optionally, you may place the crackers in the bowl of a food processor and mix until finely ground.

Ingredients for the ToppingPeel, core, and dice the apples into small tidbits. Place in a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Set aside until ready to use.

I like to use Granny Smith apples for their tartness and how they hold up in when baking. But if you have a favorite apple in the fridge, go ahead and use it. 

Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until melted, about 20-30 seconds.

 

Make the Crust

Ingredients for the Crust

In a medium bowl, combine the crushed graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and finely chopped pecans. Stir to mix.

Pour in the melted butter and mix until everything is moistened.

Press Graham Mixture into the Bottom of the Pan

Press the crumbs onto the bottom of a lightly greased springform pan, making sure to spread to the edges. Press firmly. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool while you work on the rest of the recipe.

 

Prepare the Cheesecake Filling

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth.

Add large eggs, one at a time, beating on low just until combined. Stir in vanilla extract.

Pour Filling into Baked Crust

Pour the cheesecake mixture over the crust.

 

Make the Apple Topping

Sprinkle Sugar and Cinnamon over the Diced Apples

 

In a small bowl, sprinkle the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon over the prepared apple tidbits. Stir to combine.

Spoon Apple Mixture over the Cheesecake

Spoon the apple mixture over the cheesecake filling.

Place pan in the middle of the oven on a middle rack. Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Drizzle Caramel over Warm Cheesecake

Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen. Drizzle with 4 tablespoons caramel topping.

Allow the cheesecake to cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours in refrigerator, or better still, overnight.

Garnish Cheesecake with Whipped Topping and more Caramel Sauce

When ready to serve, remove sides of springform pan. Slice into triangular pieces. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream and more caramel sauce, if desired.

You may refrigerate leftovers for up to a week in a tightly covered container. This recipe will serve 10-12 people, depending on how thick your slices are!

See more Desserts Here. Browse Apple Recipes Here. 

Recipe for Apple Caramel Delight Cheesecake

Apple Caramel Delight Cheesecake

Here's a delicious recipe I enjoy making in the fall when I want something a little extra special to serve my family or friends.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Cheesecake, Cream Cheese, Graham Crackers, Granny Smith Apples
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling-Refrigeration Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Measuring Tools
Rubber Spatula
Springform Pan

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans

Filling

  • 24 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • Whipped cream to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
    Spray the bottom and sides of a springform pan with baking spray.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Place graham crackers into a plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin.
    - Optionally, you may place the crackers in the bowl of a food processor and mix until finely ground.
  • Peel, core, and dice the apples into small tidbits. Place in a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until melted, about 20-30 seconds.

Prepare the Crust

  • In a medium bowl, combine the crushed graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, finely chopped pecans. Stir to mix.
  • Pour in the melted butter and mix until all is moistened.
  • Press the crumbs onto the bottom of a lightly greased springform pan, making sure to spread to the edges. Press firmly.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool while you work on the rest of the recipe.

Make the Cheesecake Filling

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth.
  • Add large eggs, one at a time, beating on low just until combined. Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Pour over crust.

Prepare the Apple Topping

  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon over the prepared apple tidbits. Stir to combine.
  • Spoon the apple mixture over the cheesecake filling.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Drizzle with 4 tablespoons caramel topping.
  • Cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • When ready to serve, remove sides of springform pan. Slice into triangular pieces. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream and more caramel sauce, if desired.
  • You may store cheesecake for up to a week in the refrigerator. Serves 12.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 960IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg
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