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
|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. 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