Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake

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Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • ¾

    cup chopped pecans

  • 2

    (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

  • ½

    cup granulated sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4

    large eggs, divided

  • ½

    cup firmly packed light brown sugar

  • ½

    cup butter, melted

  • 1

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1

    teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼

    teaspoon salt

  • cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples

  • Caramel Apple Topping:

  • ¼

    cup butter $

  • ½

    cup sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 5

    large Granny Smith apples (about 2½ lb.), peeled and cut into ½-inch-thick wedges

  • (Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add sugar and lemon juice, and cook, stirring constantly with a long-handled wooden spoon, 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture turns a light golden brown. Add apple wedges. Cook, stirring often, 15 to 18 more minutes or until apples are tender and caramelized. Remove from heat; cool 20 minutes.)

  • Caramel Sauce:

  • 1

    cup firmly packed light brown sugar

  • ½

    cup butter $

  • ¼

    cup whipping cream

  • ¼

    cup honey

  • (Bring brown sugar, butter, whipping cream, and honey to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; boil, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool 15 minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week. To reheat, microwave at HIGH 10 to 15 seconds or just until warm; stir until smooth.)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Reduce oven temperature to 325°. Sprinkle pecans over bottom of a greased and floured shiny 9-inch springform pan. 2. Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until blended and smooth. Add 3 eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. 3. Whisk together brown sugar, melted butter, and remaining egg in a large bowl until blended. 4. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients; add to brown sugar mixture, and stir until blended. Stir in apples. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Carefully spoon cream cheese mixture over batter. 5. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until set. Remove from oven, and gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. (Do not remove sides of pan.) Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 2 hours). Transfer to a serving plate. 6. Meanwhile, prepare Caramel Apple Topping and Caramel Sauce. Reserve 1 cup Caramel Sauce for another use. Spoon topping over cheesecake; drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce.


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