Caramel Apple Cheesecake Recipe

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (8 cookie sheets)
  • 1 tablespoon egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Cooking spray
  • Cheesecake
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 blocks 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, soften (8 ounce blocks)
  • 1 block fat-free cream cheese, soften (8 ounce block)
  • 4 eggs (large)
  • Topping
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 3/4 cups thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (8 ounce)
  • Dash of nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400°

To prepare crust, combine the first three ingredients in a bowl; toss with a fork until moist. Press mixture lightly into bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 6 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack. Wrap outside of pan with a double layer of foil. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

To prepare cheesecake, place 1 3/4 c sugar and next 7 ingredients (through fat-free cream cheese) in food processor; process until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time; process until blended. Pour cheese mixture into prepared pan. Place spring form pan in a large roasting pan; add hot water to larger pan to a depth of 1 inch.

Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until cheesecake center barely moves when pan is touched. Remove from oven; let stand in water bath 10 minutes. Run a knife around outside edge of cheesecake. Remove pan from water bath: cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

To prepare topping, combine 1/3 c sugar, 3 t water, and lemon juice in a small, heavy saucepan; cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. cook 4 minutes or until golden (do not stir).

Remove from heat. add butter to pan; gently stir until butter melts. Stir in half-and-half. Cool slightly.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Stir in sugar mixture and nutmeg. Serve topping with cheesecake.

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