Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Caramel apple cheesecake is a delightful dessert that combines the creamy richness of cheesecake with the sweet and tart flavors of caramel apples. Here’s a recipe to make a delicious caramel apple cheesecake:

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups diced apples (peeled and cored)

For the Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

Prepare the Crust:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325Β°F (163Β°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated with the butter.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to create the crust. Use the back of a spoon or a flat-bottomed glass to help even it out.
  4. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove it from the oven and set it aside to cool.

Prepare the Cheesecake Filling:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract, sour cream, apple sauce, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg until everything is well combined.
  4. Gently fold in the diced apples.

Bake the Cheesecake:

  1. Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled graham cracker crust.
  2. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center is slightly jiggly.
  4. Turn off the oven, crack the oven door open slightly, and let the cheesecake cool inside the oven for about an hour.

Prepare the Caramel Sauce:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar and water. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Allow the mixture to boil without stirring. Continue cooking until it turns a deep amber color, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure even caramelization. This should take about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Remove the caramelized sugar from heat and carefully add the heavy cream, butter, and a pinch of salt. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  4. Let the caramel sauce cool for a few minutes.

Assemble the Cheesecake:

  1. Carefully remove the cheesecake from the springform pan and place it on a serving plate.
  2. Pour the caramel sauce over the top of the cheesecake, allowing it to drizzle down the sides.
  3. Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours or overnight to set.

Serve:

  1. Slice and serve your caramel apple cheesecake. Optionally, you can garnish each slice with whipped cream, additional caramel sauce, or chopped nuts.

This caramel apple cheesecake is a decadent treat that’s perfect for special occasions or whenever you want to indulge in a delightful dessert. The combination of creamy cheesecake, tender apples, and rich caramel sauce is sure to impress your taste buds. Enjoy!