Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake is a caramel cheesecake topped with cooked apples and pecans tossed in caramel sauce.
The other day I decided to have a little fun and count how many cheesecake-related recipes I had on the blog and how many blocks of cream cheese I’ve used. The answer: 38 recipes and 63 blocks of cream cheese (not including any recipe testing/redos or any non-cheesecake recipes using cream cheese). Needless to say, I use a ton of cream cheese (and somehow I still use more butter than that). Now the count is up to 39 recipes and 66 blocks of cream cheese with this Caramel Apple Pecan Cheesecake. Last month I brought you a no bake caramel apple cheesecake. This month, I wanted to bake a full-sized cheesecake that screamed fall. Since October also means going to the local apple festival, I knew I would have tons of apples to use in my baking. What goes better with apples than caramel? Funny thing is I actually hate caramel apples on a stick but love the flavor combination. It’s mainly a texture thing; the apples in this cheesecake are much softer and easier to eat. Plus this is cheesecake. Everything is better when you add cheesecake to it.
I’ve talked about going to a local apple festival pretty much every year on this blog (you can read last year’s recap). This year was no different except it was much, much colder to the point where I wish I had gloves! We didn’t even get ice cream with our apple dumpling because it was that cold outside. A few cups of hot apple cider was definitely in order. We left with a bushel of freshly picked apples and quarts of freshly pressed apple cider.
I actually almost didn’t make this cheesecake because I couldn’t decide how to add the apples. I didn’t want to fold apples into the batter. I thought about arranging apple slices on top in a pretty, circular pattern, but I didn’t want the apples to be raw. I decided to cook them in the skillet for a few minutes then arrange on top, but that idea flopped, so I just piled the apples on top. I also added caramel sauce to the cheesecake itself to tie the base and topping together.
Oh and can we talk about spoons for a minute? All of my life, I’ve eaten cheesecake, pies, and cake with a spoon, yet I was told recently that everyone uses forks. Forks? For cheesecake? I don’t get it. It’s creamy. Why wouldn’t you use a spoon? And pies and cake – they come with ice cream. How do you eat ice cream with a fork? So tell me in the comments below – are you Team Spoon or Team Fork?
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Source: Adapted from Taste Of Home
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