Friday, October 9, 2009

KRAFT APPLE PECAN CHEESECAKE, ADAPTED

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Apple cheesecake is one of hubby’s and my faves. Recently, I made an apple strudel cheesecake that was amazing. Last year, I made Paula Deen's Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars, and they were also delicious. But this adapted Kraft recipe is even better. Adding brown sugar instead of white to the cream cheese gives the cheesecake a mild caramel flavor.

I didn’t care to use Kraft’s graham cracker crust though. Instead, I made my own, a mixture of oats, whole wheat flour, brown sugar and butter; and it’s perfect for this cheesecake. Some of the crust mixture is reserved to mix with the apples for the topping.

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Kraft’s recipe is made in a 9 x 13 pan; but I opted to cut the recipe in half and make it in an 8” springform pan. You can make it in an 8” square pan if you prefer, or double the recipe and make it in a 9 x 13 pan. The only thing I might change if I make this again is to cook the apples and cool them before topping the cheesecake with them. Cooking apples twice intensifies the flavor and makes such a difference in the end product. But then, one of the things I liked about this recipe is that it’s so easy. Come to think of it, maybe I could give up a more intense apple flavor in favor of simplicity.

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Kraft Apple Pecan Cheesecake, Adapted
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Printable Recipe

Crust + Topping: 
3/4 cup rolled oats
6 Tbsp. white whole wheat, whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. white sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups chopped peeled apples (I used Pink Lady)


Filling:
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese, softened (I used Neufchatel)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream (I used lite)

Heat oven to 325F. In work bowl of food processor, combine oats, flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 2 Tbsp. white sugar. Pulse 2-3 times. Add butter and pulse till combined. Reserve 1/2 cup of mixture in small bowl, adding pecans and cinnamon to it – this will be your topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of greased 8” springform pan (or 8” square pan). Bake 9-10 minutes, till set, not brown. Cool thoroughly on wire rack. (Place in fridge or freezer for faster cooling, if desired.)

Wipe work bowl with damp paper towel. Combine cheese, brown sugar and vanilla and pulse till well combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides. Add eggs, one at a time, pulsing after each addition. Add sour cream and pulse till well mixed. Pour over cooled crust. Carefully spread apples over top of cheesecake. Sprinkle reserved topping mixture over apples. Bake about 50-55 minutes, or till center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving. (For an extra-special touch, drizzle caramel topping over each piece of cheesecake.) Yield: about 8 servings

15 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Just saved this to my reader. Ill be making this certainly also.

Queen B. said...

I am going to print this and try it !

teresa said...

oh my goodness, i don't know that i've ever seen a prettier picture, i want to eat it!

Janice said...

mmmmm, that looks so yummy.

Kathy said...

Talked me into it...

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow this looks to die for

A Feast for the Eyes said...

This looks wickedly good. Very wicked. Anything with caramel is my friend, so the idea of brown sugar is a good one. What a great closeup shot! It looks so creamy!

darnold23 said...

Sounds delicious. I really enjoy your blog and read it frequently. I am presenting you an award. You can come fetch it on Monday. Have a great weekend.

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMM,...what a tasty cheese cake!!

Rich, decadent & so wonderful,...I would like to savour at least 1 big slice,...even that it is bedtime!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I've never had a cheesecake like this Judy. Wow! That looks so amazing!! I am in love with that topping!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm loving the idea of brown sugar in the cheesecake batter. Then the topping with the sweetness of the apples and also a bit of crunch sounds like a perfect addition!

Katrina said...

Yum! That seriously looks so good. (Your photos are really great, too, I noticed!)
Love your whole wheat additions and the oaty crust sounds so good!

Velva said...

This apple pecan cheesecake is a perfect treat during the holiday season-Oh my! With a good cup of coffee,over the top!

Kerstin said...

Mmmmm, this looks fantastic and perfect for fall with all those apples! I like how the crust and topping are the same too, that's a nice time saver!

bella said...

Wow, two recipes in a row that I've printed out to try. Caramel, apple, cheesecake, chocolate, brownies....hmmm, where do I start this weekend? I love reading your recipes! Roz