Fall is here! Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie

I love everything about fall...the crisp, cool weather, pumpkins, changing colors on the trees, cozy sweaters, sitting by the fire with hot chocolate, not to mention the baking possibilities--pies and crisps (like the peach and raspberry crisp in my fridge, ready to be baked...yum!), pumpkin muffins and cookies, anything with cinnamon ;)...then there's caramel apples and cheesecake--or both of those combined in one stunning, delicious pie.

When I saw this pie on the Annie's Eats blog, I immediately printed it to add to my 'Need To Try' pile of recipes (that never seems to stop growing!). When we decided to do a 5 course meal for my in-law's 45th anniversary, I claimed dessert and knew this pie would be the perfect end to a fantastic dinner! Although it was a bit of work to get together, it was definitely worth every minute. This pie had everything...a nice, crisp graham crust covered in caramel, then topped with sweet, cinnamon-ey apples. On top of the apples was a simple, yet rich cheesecake layer; to top the cake off, there was a layer of whipped cream marbled with caramel sauce and sprinkled with pecans. Need I say more?!

Here's the recipe:

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie

For the crust:
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
5 1/3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
½-¾ cup
1 cup chopped pecans

For the apple filling:
5 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
5-6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

For the cheesecake:
8 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the topping:
¾ cup heavy cream
3-4 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
¼-½ cup
Chopped pecans

To make the crust, preheat the oven to 375° F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Toss with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened and the ingredients are evenly mixed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared springform pan and press the crumbs in an even layer over the pan bottom and about half to two-thirds of the way up the sides of the pan. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until golden in color. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Pour a layer of caramel into the bottom of the crust and sprinkle evenly with the chopped pecans. Refrigerate the crust while you prepare the filling.

To make the apple filling, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Mix in the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, until bubbling. Mix in the apple slices and toss well to coat. Cook over medium to medium-high heat until tender and most of the liquid has been reduced, about 15-20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and pour into the prepared pie shell. Set aside.

Reduce the heat of the oven to 350° F. To make the cheesecake layer, combine the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Mix in the vanilla, egg and lemon juice until fully incorporated and smooth, 1-2 minutes. Spread the cheesecake filling into an even layer over the top of the cooked apples in the crust. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

To serve, carefully remove the sides of the springform pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (being careful not to overbeat.) Spread gently over the top of the chilled cheesecake layer. Top with dollops of caramel sauce and swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. Sprinkle with a handful of chopped pecans if desired. Slice with a long, thin knife to serve.

Recipe from Annie's Eats

Have a great weekend!

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