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Autumn Cheesecake

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Servings: 12
Categories: Apples / Cheesecakes / Desserts / Pecans

Ingredients:

Crust
1  cup  graham cracker crumbs
1/2  cup  pecans, finely chopped
3  tablespoons  sugar
1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/4  cup  unsalted butter, melted
   

Cheesecake Filling
2  packages  cream cheese, (8 ounce) softened
1/2  cup  sugar
2    eggs
1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
4  cups  apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/3  cup  sugar
1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/4  cup  chopped pecans

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and melted butter; press into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Mix at medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla; pour filling into the baked crust.

3. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss the cinnamon-sugar with the apples to coat. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer and sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped pecans.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes. With a knife, loosen cake from rim of pan. Let cool, then remove the rim of pan. Chill cake before serving.


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