My husband and I are going to glean apples this week to make another year's supply of free apple juice. But before we start apple saucing, apple buttering, and apple juicing, I had to put some of the already-picked apples to a more decadent use.
Behold the Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie.
This dessert is apple pie, caramel apples, and cheesecake all in one bite!
It's extraordinarily rich, so a small piece will go a long way. It took a fair amount of effort to make, but there are (less tasty) shortcuts you can take. It's a great way to start off the Fall apple season!
To take some shortcuts, you could use a pre-made graham cracker crust, jarred caramel sauce, and already whipped cream... but I wouldn't recommend it, as the slightly more laborious effort is well worth it.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie
For the crust:
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
5 1/3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
½-¾ cup caramel (from Annie's Eats)
1 cup chopped pecans
For the apple filling:
5 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
5-6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
For the cheesecake:
8 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
For the topping:
¾ cup heavy cream
3-4 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
¼-½ cup caramel
Chopped pecans (or walnuts)
To make the crust, preheat the oven to 375° F. Line the bottom of a
9-inch round springform pan with parchment paper. In a medium mixing
bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and melted
butter. Toss with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened and the
ingredients are evenly mixed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared
springform pan and press the crumbs in an even layer over the pan bottom
and about half to two-thirds of the way up the sides of the pan. Bake
for 6-8 minutes, until golden in color. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
Pour a layer of caramel into the bottom of the crust and sprinkle
evenly with the chopped pecans. Refrigerate the crust while you prepare
To make the apple filling, melt the butter in a large skillet over
medium heat. Mix in the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and cook for 1
minute, until bubbling. Mix in the apple slices and toss well to coat.
Cook over medium to medium-high heat until tender and most of the
liquid has been reduced, about 15-20 minutes. Let cool for a few
minutes and pour into the prepared pie shell. Set aside.
Reduce the heat of the oven to 350° F.
To make the cheesecake layer,
combine the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and
beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Mix in the
vanilla, egg and lemon juice until fully incorporated and smooth, 1-2
minutes. Spread the cheesecake filling into an even layer over the top
of the cooked apples in the crust. Bake until a knife inserted in the
center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven,
transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate
for at least 4 hours.
To serve, carefully remove the sides of the springform pan. In the
bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the
heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until stiff
peaks form. Spread gently over the top
of the chilled cheesecake layer. Top with dollops of caramel sauce and
swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. Sprinkle with a handful
of chopped nuts, if desired. Slice with a long, thin knife to serve.
Recipe Source: from Annie's Eats originally from Mimi Hodges, the winner of Good Morning, America’s “Pie of Emeril’s Eye” Contest, 2000