I found this on a food blog. The blogger credits "Baking: From My Home to Yours" by Dorie Greenspan.
For the Crust
- 30 gingersnaps (or a 2 cups graham cracker crumbs)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Apples
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 large golden delicious apples or 3 large fuji apples, peeled, cored and cut into eighths
- 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
For the Filling
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons apple cider
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- 3⁄4 cup sour cream
- 1⁄3 cup heavy cream
- apple jelly, for glazing (optional)
- confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)
- To Make the Crust:
- Butter the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.
- Put the gingersnaps in a food processor and whir until you have crumbs; you should have a scant 2 cups.
- Pulse in the sugar and cinnamon, if you're using it, then pour in the melted butter and pulse until the crumbs are moistened.
- Turn the crumbs into the springform pan and, using your fingertips, firmly press them evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan as far as they'll go.
- Put the pan in the freezer while you preheat the oven. (The crust can be covered and frozen for up to 2 months.).
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and wrap the bottom tightly in aluminum foil, going up the sides.
- Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is set and lightly browned.
- Transfer to a rack to cool while you make the apples and the filling.
- Leave the oven at 350 degrees F.
- To Make the Apples:
- Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- When the foam subsides, toss in half of the apple slices and cook, turning once, until they are golden brown, about 3 minutes.
- Sprinkle the apples with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and cook them, turning, just until coated, another minute or so.
- Scrape the apples onto a plate, wipe out the skillet and repeat with the remaining apples.
- Let the apples cool while you make the filling.
- Getting Ready to Bake:.
- Have a roasting pan large enough to hold the springform pan at hand. Put a kettle of water on to boil.
- To Make the Filling:
- Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed, scraping down the bowl often, for about 4 minutes, or until it is velvety smooth.
- Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes.
- Beat in the cider, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Reduce the speed to low and beat in the eggs one by one, beating for 1 minute after each egg goes inches
- Finally, beat in the sour cream and heavy cream, beating just until the batter is smooth.
- Pour about one third of the batter into the baked crust.
- Drain the apples by lifting them off the plate with a slotted spoon or spatula, and spoon them into the pan.
- Cover with the remaining batter and, if needed, jiggle the pan to even the top.
- Place the springform pan in the roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
- Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 30 to 45 minutes, covering the cake loosely with a foil tent at the 45-minute mark.
- The cake will rise evenly and crack around the edges and it should be fully set except, possibly, in the very center--if the center shimmies, that's just fine.
- Gently transfer the cake, still in the pan, to a cooling rack and let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it for at least 6 hours; overnight would be better.
- Run a blunt knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the crust, open the pan's latch and release and remove the sides.
- If desired, melt a small amount of apple jelly in the microwave and glaze the cake, or dust with confectioner's sugar.
Very Yum! Loved the gingersnap crust! Halved the recipe to fit in my spring form pan. Not overly sweet.
I made these with Pecan Sandies instead of the gingersnaps and they were just great! I loved the crunch of the nuts and flavor from the cookies in addition to the appley flavor! We will be having this one again soon!
I am so happy I saw this as the recipe of the day for the Comfort Cafe. I have been waiting to tag this yummy dessert since I saw it last year! It was worth the wait. I loved this cake so much. Yes I know it is apples and cheese, but wow is this good! I used the gingersnaps, which made this crust wonderful. I also used Pink Lady apples for this. The filling was light and smooth. I don't think it even needed a glaze. This makes a lot. I used my biggest springform pan and it was just enough. Made and Reviewed for Comfort Cafe - Thanks! :)