Caramel Apple Autumn Cheesecake

If you're looking for a delicious and attractive dessert to serve, Leader food columnist Kathleen Brotherton recommends this Caramel Apple Autumn Cheesecake.

It’s fall apple season again, and there’s such a variety of apples to enjoy, whether in your favorite dessert recipe or just straight from the tree for a sweet, healthy snack. From apple butter and apple sauce, to candied apples on a stick, there are so many ways to enjoy the delicious fruit!

If you love apple desserts and you love cheesecakes, then this dessert recipe gives you the best of both tastes. It just takes two large packages of cream cheese, unlike many cheesecake recipes that require at least three.

This recipe makes an elegant autumn dessert. Any type of apple works well, as long as you slice the apples thin. If you drizzle a little caramel ice cream topping over the cheesecake after it cools, it’s a lot like eating a candied apple.

CARAMEL APPLE AUTUMN CHEESECAKE

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 medium-size apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped pecans

Caramel ice cream topping for decoration

Combine crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon and margarine or butter; press onto the bottom of a 9-inch glass dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar, mixing at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla; pour over crust.

Combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and toss apples in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer; sprinkle with pecans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes and drop it down to 325 degrees for the last 10 minutes. Let cool and drizzle caramel ice cream topping across the top.

Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve and refrigerate any leftovers. Makes 10-12 servings.

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