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July 20, 2018

Apple cheesecake bars drizzled with caramel sauce

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One of the best apple desserts you’ll try this summer. The creaminess of a cheesecake combined with the buttery crust and the tenderness of the apples make a great combination, and when you add caramel sauce on top, the explosion of flavors will leave you craving for more.

While the list of ingredients can be a bit long, don’t let it fool you. This delicious goodness will not take over 20 minutes of your time and is pretty easy to make.

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Also, if you want a smaller cake, reduce the ingredients to half and use an 8X8 inches baking dish.

Ingredients:

Crust

1 cup (2 sticks-220g) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups (190g) flour

1/2 cup (100g) ground almonds

1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Cream Cheese Mixture

16 oz (500g) cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup (100g) sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 tsp lemon zest

Apples

3 cups apples (about 3-4 apples) - peeled, cored, chopped

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

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1/4 tsp nutmeg

Streusel Topping

1/2 cup (40g) rolled oats

1/2 cup (63g) flour

1/2 cup (100g) ground almonds

1/2 cup (1 stick-110g) butter, room temperature

1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Caramel Sauce

1 cup (200g) sugar

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1/4 cup (60 ml) water

1/2 cup (120g) heavy cream

2 tbsp (30g) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease with butter a 9 X 13 inches baking dish. Line with parchment paper.

2. Prepare the crust. In a large bowl mix flour, ground almonds, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter, and using a pastry blender or simply a fork, cut in the butter until crumbles are formed.

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3. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the baking dish and bake for about 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Set aside and let cool slightly.

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4. While the crust is baking prepare the apples. Peel and core the apples and cut into small pieces. In a medium bowl combine apples with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

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5. Prepare the cheese mixture by mixing the cream cheese with sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Add eggs one at a time and mix until well combined.

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6. Add the cheese mixture over the warm crust and spread evenly. Add the chopped apples on top of the cream cheese layer.

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7. Prepare the streusel topping: In a large bowl mix rolled oats, flour, ground almonds, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the butter, and using a fork, cut the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the apples.

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8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until set.

9. While the cake is baking prepare the caramel sauce.  Place the sugar and water in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat and cook without stirring until the sugar dissolves and gets a caramel color.

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10. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream. It will bubble a little bit.

11. Cook for about 1 minute while constantly stirring with a wooden spoon until smooth. Remove from heat and add butter and salt. Stir well until smooth. Pour into a small jar and set aside to cool until the cake is ready.

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12. When the cake is ready, allow to cool at room temperature, cut into bars and serve drizzled with the caramel sauce.

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Now you can enjoy your own apple cheesecake caramel bars. Share them with your family and friends, and let us know how satisfied they are.

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