Tuesday, December 11, 2007

SOOOOOO Good!


Wow this recipe is so good! I have been dying to make it but my husband isn't a big sweets person and I knew I shouldn't eat the whole thing myself. Luckily for Wednesday night church, people sign up to bring desserts so I quickly signed up so I could try this out. I took a little bite but that bite was soooooo good. I can't wait to have a full piece tomorrow! I got this recipe from Paula Deen.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Streusel topping, recipe follows
1/2 cup caramel topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping.


Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
Yield: approximately 3 cups

1 comment:

Nathan and Tricia said...

I LOVE Paula Dean Recipes - I will have to try this one out also! (In case you have No Idea who this is...It's Tricia (Reed) from AU.