Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fall Fruits Festival - Apples





This is Wednesday, day 3 of Lisa's Fall Fruits Festival. And today's fruit is apples.

I just love cheesecake. Don't you? I think I'm going to be doing all desserts this week. I just can't get away from this recipe.

Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake


Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 16 squares)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the crackers, sugar, pecans and cinnamon; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a lightly greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack (leave oven on).
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Pour over crust. Toss apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon; spoon over filling. Return pan to baking sheet.
  • Bake at 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. Chill overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream. Drizzle with remaining caramel; sprinkle with pecans. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.

So, if you love cheesecake as much as I do, I hope you enjoyed this. Now, time to check out Lisa's place if you haven't already. BTW, she's having neat giveaways with this Festival, too.

Oh, and here's a neat coincidence in our life. Does the name John Chapman ring a bell? No? How about Johnny Appleseed? Yes? Well, my husband is currently reading a book about Johnny Appleseed to the children. Neat, huh?


Until next time...

6 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

My son is learning about Johnny Appleseed in his preschool class. That sounds so yummy.

The Real Me! said...

That my friend looks sooooo good!

SnoWhite said...

yummy... not so healthy... but it looks delicious.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Oh yummy - sounds really good, especially with caramel drizzled!! Thanks for joining in the fun this week!

chili pepper said...

Cheesecake is definitely a winner. When I saw apples I wasn't sure. But when you start adding all those nuts and caramel and stuff... well, you won me over, JenT.

You know I was thinking here about Thanksgiving. It would be fun if you all came to spend the weekend with us. Just something to think about.

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