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Caramel Apple Cheesecake – T&C

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

It’s Taste and Create time again! Wait… what? I’ve never posted about this Taste and Create thing before, what the heck am I talking about? Let me explain. Over on Sushi Day, I’ve participated in an event called Taste and Create every month for the past year. Now that I have Fridgg, I’ve brought all my non-sushi blogging over here, especially since a lot of my partners don’t seem to like sushi much. This month, I was partnered with Veronica of La Recette du Jour.

I chose to make her Caramel Apple Cheesecake because, well, I definitely love cheesecake. I had a few setbacks – no springform pan, but I borrowed one from my mom; didn’t have a dish large enough to fit the springform for a waterbath, so I just baked it a little longer at a lower temperature; wasn’t sure if the caramel would turn out well since I’ve definitely screwed up caramel before, but luckily it turned out wonderfully this time – but overall, the cheesecake turned out to be delicious.

Note: I am giving you the original recipe and directions, even though I didn’t use the water bath. I really recommend using the water bath but if you don’t, bake it at 250° for 1 hour and 45 minutes. I also omitted the toffee bits, and only used one apple for the topping, which was more than enough for me.

Just look at that yummy, gooey caramel!



  • 1 1/4 c graham cracker crumbs (about 8 graham crackers)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 c unsalted butter, melted


  • 2 lbs cream cheese (4 bricks)
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c toffee pieces

Apple Topping:

  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c sugar


  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/3 c water
  • 2/3 c heavy cream

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine the ingredients for the crust.
  2. Press into the bottom of a 10 inch springform pan.
  3. Bake crust for 10 minutes at 350° F and set aside.
  4. Mix the cream cheese and sugar with paddle attachment on medium speed, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add in the flour on low speed.
  6. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides and bottom after each egg.
  7. Add the egg yolks and vanilla.
  8. Fold in the toffee pieces.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  10. Wrap aluminum foil on the outside of the ban and bake in a water bath at 350° F for approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  11. A knife inserted should come out clean when the cake is done.
  12. Chill the cake overnight and then remove from the pan.
  13. To make the topping: Peel and core three apples. Slice apples thinly.
  14. In a heavy saucepan melt the butter.
  15. Stir in sugar and cook until it starts to caramelize.
  16. Add the apples and cook them until they are tender. Cool.
  17. To make the caramel: Pour the sugar into the center of a deep saucepan.
  18. Carefully pour water around the walls of the pan, trying not to splash any of the sugar onto the walls.
  19. Do not stir; gently draw you finger twice through the center of the sugar, making a cross, to moisten it.
  20. Over high heat, bring to a full boil and cook without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally to even out the color, until the mixture is medium caramel in color, 5 to 10 minutes.
  21. Immediately turn off the heat and use a wooden spoon to slowly and carefully stir in the cream (it will bubble up and may splatter).
  22. Top cheesecake with apples. Drizzle caramel over top of the apples.


5 Responses

  1. Glad you liked this recipe — it’s a bit of work, but worth it! As I mention in my post, the most foolproof way of making caramel is to use sugar cubes in a dry pan — it works like a dream every time!

    Veronica’s last blog post… Brown Tom

  2. Oh, that is an awesome recipe. Perfect for the holidays. Not a big fan of caramel but the toffee sounds interesting.

    Nate’s last blog post… Chopped Shrimp Waldorf Salad

  3. This looks so sinful!

    HoneyB’s last blog post… Too much chocolate? Nah.

  4. wow that is making me drool! i love apples and caramel (that’s why i picked a very similar cheesecake for TWD the week it was my turn to pick!)

    Jaime’s last blog post… Barbeque Chicken Pizza

  5. Veronica – I loved your tips, but since I don’t typically have sugar cubes around, I opted to use the original method for convenience. You have a great method of making caramel though, and I would love to be able to try it someday.

    Nate – I wish I had been able to find some toffee bits, because that sounded really intriguing to me as well. Unfortunately, they were nowhere to be found at my grocery store. Oh well. Still amazing cheesecake!

    HoneyB – Oh yes! Very rich. 🙂

    Jaime – One of these days I’m going to have to go back and do all the TWD recipes that I missed… so many of them sound so good!

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