Apple Cheese Cake with Autumn Attitude Crust

Sometimes, I brag and this is one of those times. Because apples are in season now, I wanted to use them in a new dessert; but last year I already did several apple cakes. Then a light went off. As I had never heard of an apple cheese cake, this became a new challenge. The first attempt was delicious but wasn’t presentable enough for photos. I also wanted to experiment more with the crust, as well as the filling. We ate our way through the week, all the variations I could think of. You get to make it one time and savor the flavors delicieux. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Ingredients

Filling

4 or 5 fresh apples

4 containers of Tofutti (soy cream cheese)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

7 Tablespoons sugar (fine grains)

5 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Zest of 1/2 fresh lemon

2 teaspoons fresh lemon

6 large eggs

Crust

15 graham crackers (2 and 1/2 inches x 5 inches) or 8 ounces

3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 stick butter, soft and cut into pieces

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 pinch ground nutmeg

 

Try to buy the best available ingredients.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Directions

Do the crust first

Crust

1. Place graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor. Process until they are almost fine crumbs. Add dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. Process until mixture clumps together like damp sand.

 

Processing all the crust ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

2. With the paper the butter stick was wrapped in, oil a large pie dish.

3. With your fingers, press the graham cracker mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9 or 10 inch pie dish and refrigerate 30 minutes while preparing filling.

 

Get the processed crust out of the food processor with a spatula and press into the bottom and sides (if only enough for the bottom, that’s fine, don’t worry about it). Press as hard as you can and make the crust even all over. Then put in fridge for 30 minutes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

  

Filling

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.

2. If your food processor is small and you can’t do all the filling at once in it, don’t worry, simply do each step, then remove the contents from processor into a large bowl and continue with the next step, until all ingredients have gone through the processor. Then mix all ingredients in the large bowl, very well.

3. Peel skin and core 3 apples and puree in food processor until smooth

 

Processing the 3 apples. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

  

4. Add Tofutti and process until smooth.

5. Add superfine sugar, and with motor running, add eggs one at a time.

 

Processing the rest of the filling. I need a new food processor; this one is too small to hold all the filling ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

6. Add lemon or lime juice, and process until blended.

After each processing step I scrape the pureed ingredients, into a large bowl. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

7. Cut and core (leave skin on) the other 2 apples. Then on a cutting board, chop these apples into small dice-shaped pieces and set aside.

 

Chopping two apples with skin left on. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

8. Wait until crust has been in fridge for 30 minutes.

 

Contents of bowl have all been pureed in food processor and are now ready to pour into the crust. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

9. Scrape all the filling out of food processor (or out of the large bowl) and into the pie dish with crust.

10. Now, with your hands or a spoon, sprinkle the cut up apple pieces with skin on, over the top of the cheese cake.

 

Cheese cake going into oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

11. Put pie dish into the oven.

12. Bake for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, until filling is set and wobbles slightly in the center (it will continue to cook as it cools). After baking for 1 hour and 30 minutes, check to be sure cheese cake isn’t too dark around the edge.

13. When cheese cake is done and wiggling a little in center, remove and allow it to do its thing, while cooling down completely.

 

Just out of oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

14. When cool, refrigerate overnight. Then serve the next day.

 

Yummy apple cheese cake; creamy filling and crunchy crust! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

We’re drinking an icy Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough district of New Zealand. A delicious wine with a rating in the 90s and worth every penny (do they still exist?). We chilled the glasses first. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

From Our Table to Yours

Bon Appetit!

 

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