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Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

Created by Betty Timmreck of Eau Claire, Mich. 3rd Place 2011 Favorite Michigan Apple Recipe Contest

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 C pecans, ground
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 T Pioneer Sugar
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened

Filling Ingredients:

  • 3 pkgs. (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 C Pioneer Golden Lt. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C caramel sauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C half and half
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 C Michigan Ida Red apples, cubed

Topping Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Michigan Ida Red apples
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 C Pioneer Golden Lt. Brown Sugar
  • 2 1/2 C water
  • 1/3 C cornstarch
  • 1/4 C pecans
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 C caramel sauce

Crust Directions:

Mix the crust ingredients until crumbly. Press onto the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan; prick with a fork. Bake in a preheated oven 375 degree oven for 10 – 15 minutes until light golden brown. Remove from oven; reduce oven to 325 degrees.

Filling Directions:

Mix the cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla and salt at low speed until smooth, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add eggs one at a time scraping the bowl between additions. Stir in the caramel sauce, cream and apples.

Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 40 minutes. Reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake 15 minutes more until the edges of the cake are set.

Turn off the oven, crack the door and let the cake cool in the oven for 1 hour. Then cool for 1 hour at room temperature. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Place cheesecake on a plate & remove sides.

Topping Directions:

In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice; set aside. In a large pan over medium heat, combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add water; bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until the apples are tender, about 6 – 8 minutes. Cool. Spread mixture over cheese cake; drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with nuts.

Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake

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