Apple Pecan Cheesecake

Ingredients

Serves : 16

  • Digestive biscuit base
  • 225g (8 oz) digestive crumbs
  • 65g (2 1/2 oz) melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown soft sugar
  • Filling
  • 3 (300g) tubs cream cheese, softened
  • 225g (8 oz) brown soft sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) soured cream
  • 4 eggs
  • Topping
  • 500g (1 1/4 lb) apples (about 3) – peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 115g (4 oz) brown soft sugar
  • 90g (3 1/2 oz) chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions to make the Apple Pecan Cheesecake

  • Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 3. Line a 30x20cm baking dish with aluminium foil, extending the foil sheets over the side of the dish.
  • To make the base, mix the digestive crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons brown sugar together in a bowl until evenly blended. Press evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • To make the filling, beat the cream cheese, 225g brown sugar and vanilla together in a mixing bowl until evenly blended. Beat in the soured cream. On low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, just until blended. Pour the mixture over the base.
  • To make the topping, place the apples in a bowl, and toss with 115g brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon until evenly blended.
  • Bake in preheated oven until centre is almost set, about 55 minutes (centre will still be wobbly). Cool and refrigerate 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Before cutting, allow the cheesecake to sit 30 minutes at room temperature, then lift from the baking dish using the extended aluminium foil sheets, and place on a cutting board or serving plate. Remove the aluminium foil, and cut into 16 squares.

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