Happy Friday, friends! I've got a special treat for you this morning. It's in the form of an all-out-show-stopping cheesecake. And it is perfect for fall and I'd argue it has a place right on your Thanksgiving table this year. It's Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake. Isn't it gorgeous?
This Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake is full of apples and brown sugar flavor. You begin with a brown-suar-gingersnap crust enhanced with a tad bit of cinnamon. Then you begin your apples. I used three good-sized jonagolds (Dorie suggests Golden Delicious or Fuji). You cut them into eigths and sautee them in butter and light brown sugar. This step in itself makes you realize this is no ordinary dessert. The butter and brown sugar coat the apples into pure fall bliss. They are caramlized and spicy and great texture that isn't too soft at all.
On to the batter. Brown sugar makes yet another appearance in the batter along with three types of creams (cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream), apple cider (heck yeah), vanilla, cinnamon...doesn't this already sound amazing! The batter is perfectly sweet, tangy, spiced and apple-y.
After you've pre-baked your crust and let your apples cool, you fill your spring form pan with 1/3 of the batter/filling. Next you place the apples in and then top off with remaining brown sugar apple cheesecake batter. It's delicious at this point. I couldn't help myself to some of the sauteed apples. Whoops.
The result is a one of the most delightufl and cozy desserts. I made this alst week and it was one of was a favorite among the recipes I've made in the last two months. Mind you, that's a lot of recipes. ;) You also have the option to top the cheesecake with apple jelly. Do it. It's a great addition that adds some shine too.
The Tuesdays with Dorie group originally made and posted this Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake recipe on February 12, 2008. You can find the recipe here.
Wondering what all this Tuesdays with Dorie stuff is? Read this post. This month the group is posting two recipes each Tuesday to make sure we finish the cookbook before the end of the year. I'm taking it a bit further and posting two posts per day to catch up on all my make-up baking adventures. I call it #HELLmonth. Wish me luck.
PS: My Project Domestication Facebook page is up. I'm actually having a giveaway on it right now for my go-to Mexican Vanilla!