Sunday, September 20, 2009


005 Apple pie and cheesecake: two of America’s faves. This recipe combines both for a rich, tasty dessert that’s sure to please everyone. Janice White, Encampment, Wyoming, sent this recipe in to Country Woman Magazine, and it was a prize winner. After making it, I can see why. My hubby, who is not big on desserts, came ‘round for seconds, and so did I.
Five simple steps will get you this fab dessert (see recipe below).
Some other tips:
(1) Use a tart apple that will hold its shape when baked (Pink Lady, Rome, Ginger Gold, Pippin, and the like).
(2) Cheesecake always tastes better if it “cures” overnight in the fridge, so plan on making this when you have time to start a day ahead.
(3) You might not like switching oven heat from 350F to 400F then back to 350F. If so, you can make the crust first at 400F, then do the apples and filling both at 350F.
(4) You can put the apples and crust in the freezer for a quick cooldown if necessary.

Apple Strudel Cheesecake, Adapted
Rating: 9 out of 10

Printable Recipe

APPLE TOPPING: 4 cups sliced peeled tart apples (I used Pink Lady)
2 Tbsp. frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 chopped raw walnuts

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cold butter (I used Can’t Believe it’s not Butter)
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened (I used Neufchatel)
1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/4 cup sugar+ 1/2 Tbsp. Stevia)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 tsp. flour (my addition)
2 eggs
1. Prepare the apples: Heat oven to 350F. Place apples and apple juice concentrate in an ungreased 9 x 13 pan, preferably a glass one; toss to combine. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or till just barely tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from oven; cool. Raise oven heat to 400F. (Note: If you are using a dark or coated pan, then bake the crust at 375F.)
2. Make the crust: In work bowl of food processor, combine flour and sugar; pulse briefly to mix. Add butter, cut into small cubes, and pulse with quick on/off motions till mixture is crumbly. Add egg yolk and vanilla and process, again with quick on/off motions, till dough forms. Press onto bottom of ungreased 9” springform pan. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes, or till just barely set, but not browned. Cool on wire rack. Reduce oven heat to 350F (325F if using a dark or coated pan).
3. Make the cheesecake filling: Wipe out work bowl of food processor with a damp paper towel. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in work bowl and process till smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, processing briefly after each addition. (If you want, add a dash of sea salt – I did.) Pour filling over cooled crust.
4. Add the apple topping: Toss the cooled baked apples with 1 tsp. cinnamon and 3 Tbsp. sugar. Arrange apples over cheesecake filling; drizzle with any remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Sprinkle with nuts.
5. Return pan to baking sheet and bake 40-45 minutes, or till center is almost set. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake; cool 1 hour longer on rack. Refrigerate 4 hours or, preferably, overnight. Yield: 12-14 servings


Velva said...

Judy this looks divine! A good cup of coffee and a slice of this cheesecake...MMMM good!

Janice said...

This sounds delicious. I love apples and cinnamon.

Sophie said...

I think that your cheesecake pie looks great,...Excellent even!!

What a cool idea!!

Kerstin said...

This sounds like the best of both worlds! The apples on top are so pretty too.

Barbara Bakes said...

What a yummy cheesecake for fall!

Queen B. said...

that looks AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!

Linda said...

Yummm... combines two of my favorite things... cheesecake and apple strudel....

I never heard of Pink Lady apples... not sure I've seen them in the grocery store... I will have to look for them.

Coleen's Recipes said...

This looks outrageously good!!!

Judy said...

Linda - I'm sure they're in your grocery store, as they're widely distributed throughout the US. Pink Lady apples are a cross between Delicious and Pippin, so they're tart-sweet and hold their shape very well when cooked.

Debbie said...

I'm keeping this recipe and making it after we get back from the mountains in October with all our apples. This sounds wonderful Judy. Thank you for sharing this!

teresa said...

fantastic! a lovely fall treat!

Judy said...

Oops, Linda, I meant to say that Pink Ladies are a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, originating in Australia. It's Ginger Gold that's a cross between Delicious & Pippin. Both varieties are sweet-tart and keep shape well when baked.

bella said...

Cheesecake: YUMMY anytime

Apples: Perfect for fall

What a great marriage of two delicious partners!


♥peachkins♥ said...

this cheesecake is yummy!

Ms Whit said...

Your Apple Topped Cheesecake looks absolutely devine. I have to make that. I'm alway glad to see NC people writing recipes. I am from Gaston, NC. Always love your recipes.
Have a great day.