April 19, 2010

Apple Cheesecake

A brown sugar apple cheesecake with a cinnamon swirl topped with caramelised apples.

Welcome again to my blog! I live on the island of Jamaica, and I just want to bring my talent and passion to the internet!

Well, let’s get started. I have baked so many things, yet, it seems I always conveniently forget to take a picture. Isn’t that frustrating? So now I can’t show you half, or even a quarter. But fortunately, that only means I’ll have to re-bake 🙂 (something my stomach WON’T be complaining about).

 I was so nervous when I made this because I had always read that its normal to mess up your first cheesecake. After waiting for the apple cheesecake to cool, then to chill in the fridge, I sneakily tested it…and was pleasantly surprised! My first ever cheesecake had turned out actually very amazing!  The apples are really nice because they were caramelized first, so they literally mesh into the overall softness of the cheesecake. My favourite part was probably the  Brûlée Top, it was like caramelized apple sugar. Wow, getting hungry writing this :). Anyway, I got this website from one of my favourite blogs eatmedelicious.com. She is a vegetarian who loves baked treats, and I just want to say thank you!  She got the recipe from the book “Baking: From My Home to Yours” which I added in the recipe post. Enjoy!

Brown Sugar-Apple Cheesecake

Preparation 6 hr, 40 Cook Time 1 hr, 45 Serves 25     adjust servings

A brown sugar apple cheesecake with a cinnamon swirl topped with caramelised apples.


For the Crust

  • 30 gingersnaps (I used cinnamon graham crackers)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted

For the Apples

  • 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into eighths
  • 2 tbsp (packed) light brown sugar

For the Filling

  • 1 1/2 pounds (three 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (packed) coconut sugar
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp apple cider (I used apple juice here)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


To Make the Crust:

  1. Butter the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.
  2. Put the gingersnaps in a food processor and whir until you have crumbs; you should have a scant 2 cups. (If you are using graham cracker crumbs, just put them in the food processor.) Pulse in the sugar and cinnamon, if you're using it, then pour over the melted butter and pulse until the crumbs are moistened. Turn the crumbs into the springform pan and, using your fingertips, firmly press them evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan as far as they'll go. Put the pan in the freezer while you preheat the oven. (The crust can be covered and frozen for up to 2 months.)
  3. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Remove the pan from the freezer and wrap the bottom tightly in aluminum foil, going up the sides. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is set and lightly browned. Transfer to a rack to cool while you make the apples and the filling. Leave the oven at 350 degrees F.

To Make the Apples:

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the foam subsides, toss in half of the apple slices and cook, turning once, until they are golden brown, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the apples with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and cook them, turning, just until coated, another minute or so. Scrape the apples onto a plate, wipe out the skillet and repeat with the remaining apples. Let the apples cool while you make the filling.

Getting Ready to Bake:

  1. Have a roasting pan large enough to hold the springform pan at hand. Put a kettle of water on to boil.

To Make the Filling:

  1. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed, scraping down the bowl often, for about 4 minutes, or until it is velvety smooth. Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes. Beat in the cider, vanilla, and cinnamon. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the eggs one by one, beating for 1 minute after each egg goes in. Finally, beat in the sour cream and heavy cream, beating just until the batter is smooth.
  2. Pour about one third of the batter into the baked crust. Drain the apples by lifting them off the plate with a slotted spoon or spatula, and spoon them into the pan. Cover with the remaining batter and, if needed, jiggle the pan to even the top. Place the springform pan in the roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  3. Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 30 to 45 minutes, covering the cake loosely with a foil tent at the 45-minute mark. The cake will rise evenly and crack around the edges, and it should be fully set except, possibly, in the very center--if the center shimmies, that's just fine. Gently transfer the cake, still in the pan, to a cooling rack and let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it for at least 6 hours; overnight would be better.
  4. Run a blunt knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the crust, open the pan's latch and release and remove the sides.


Recipe Notes

via Baking: From My Home to Yours

It's That Easy - Your Guide to a Healthier, Meatless Lifestyle

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  1. Deborah says:

    I'm glad your first cheesecake was a success! I think I would love this!

  2. Jessiker says:

    Thank you Deborah!

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