Sunday, March 1, 2009

Caramel-Apple Cheesecake

From CookingLight
This creamy cheesecake showcases fall flavors. Granny Smith apples lend a pleasant tartness, but you can substitute Rome, Braeburn, or your favorite apple variety. Make this cake the night before your gathering.

16 servings (serving size: 1 cheesecake wedge and 1 tablespoon topping)

* 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 cookie sheets)
* 1 tablespoon egg white
* 1 tablespoon water
* Cooking spray

* 1 3/4 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup light sour cream
* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 2 (8-ounce) blocks 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
* 1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
* 4 large eggs

* 1/3 cup sugar
* 3 tablespoons water
* 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 tablespoons half-and-half
* 1 3/4 cups thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 8 ounces)
* Dash of nutmeg


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. To prepare crust, combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl; toss with a fork until moist. Press mixture lightly into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 6 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack. Wrap outside of pan with a double layer of foil. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

3. To prepare cheesecake, place 1 3/4 cups sugar and next 7 ingredients (through fat-free cream cheese) in food processor; process until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time; process until blended. Pour cheese mixture into prepared pan. Place springform pan in a large roasting pan; add hot water to larger pan to a depth of 1 inch.

4. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until cheesecake center barely moves when pan is touched. Remove from oven; let stand in water bath 10 minutes. Run a knife around outside edge of cheesecake. Remove pan from water bath; cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

5. To prepare topping, combine 1/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons water, and lemon juice in a small, heavy saucepan; cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Cook 4 minutes or until golden (do not stir). Remove from heat. Add butter to pan; gently stir until butter melts. Stir in half-and-half. Cool slightly.

6. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add apple to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in sugar mixture and nutmeg. Serve topping with cheesecake.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 256 (33% from fat)
Fat: 9.5g (sat 5.6g,mono 2.7g,poly 0.7g)
Protein: 7.6g
Carbohydrate: 35.8g
Fiber: 0.4g
Cholesterol: 79mg
Iron: 0.6mg
Sodium: 268mg
Calcium: 59mg

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross


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