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Apple Butter Cheesecake

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Imagine a dessert that captures the essence of autumn in every bite. Our Apple Butter Cheesecake does just that, blending the comforting taste of apple butter with the luxurious texture of cheesecake. It’s a no-bake wonder, making it an ideal choice for those who want to create a stunning dessert without the fuss of an oven. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a cozy night in, this cheesecake promises to be a memorable treat.

Apple Butter Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 16 full sheets of graham crackers, finely crushed (equivalent to about 3 cups)
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon for a hint of spice
  • ½ cup (113 grams) of unsalted butter, melted, to bind the crust

For the Filling:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) of cream cheese, softened for easy blending
  • 1 cup (200 grams) of granulated sugar for sweetness
  • 2 cups (476 grams) of heavy cream to create a rich texture
  • ¾ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice for a subtle tang
  • ½ cup (120 grams) of apple butter for a unique flavor twist

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Instructions

  1. Preparing the Pan: Begin by lightly spraying an 8-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. This ensures your cheesecake comes out perfectly.
  2. Making the Crust: In a medium-sized bowl, mix together your crushed graham crackers and cinnamon. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir with a fork until all the crumbs are evenly moistened. This mixture will form the delicious base of your cheesecake. Transfer this mixture into your prepared pan. Flatten it with your hand and then use the bottom of a kitchen glass to press it down firmly, starting from the center and working your way to the edges and slightly up the sides. This forms a solid, even base.
  3. Creating the Filling: In a large mixing bowl, whip together the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar using a hand-held mixer at medium speed. Aim for a creamy and smooth consistency. Next, add in the heavy cream and fresh lemon juice, continuing to beat for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. This is the key to that irresistible cheesecake texture.
  4. Assembling the Cheesecake: Pour this creamy filling over your prepared crust. For an artistic and flavorful twist, add dollops of apple butter on top. With a knife or an offset spatula, gently swirl the apple butter into the filling. Be careful to avoid disturbing the crust.
  5. Chilling the Cheesecake: Place the cheesecake in the refrigerator and let it set until firm. This usually takes about 6 hours, but leaving it overnight is ideal for the best results.
  6. Serving: Once set, your apple butter cheesecake is ready to be sliced and served. Enjoy this delightful dessert that perfectly balances the richness of cream cheese with the sweet and tangy flavor of apple butter!

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Apple Butter Cheesecake FAQS

What Kind of Cheese Goes with Apple Butter?

Apple butter pairs wonderfully with a variety of cheeses. The best choices are those that offer a good balance to the sweet and spiced flavors of apple butter. Soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert are excellent choices, as their creamy texture and mild flavors complement the richness of apple butter. For a sharper contrast, you can try it with aged cheddar or Gouda, which offer a nice balance with their nutty and slightly tangy profiles. Goat cheese is another great option, especially for those who enjoy a tangy kick to balance the sweetness.

What’s the difference between New York style cheesecake and regular cheesecake?

The main difference between New York style cheesecake and regular cheesecake lies in the texture and ingredients. New York style cheesecake is famously rich and has a dense, smooth, and creamy consistency. It’s typically made with heavy or sour cream in addition to cream cheese, which gives it a more satiny texture and a tangy flavor. Regular cheesecake, on the other hand, can vary in texture from light and airy to somewhat dense, and it’s usually just made with cream cheese. The crust and flavorings can also vary, but the texture is the most notable difference.

How do you serve apple butter?

Apple butter can be served in various delightful ways. It’s commonly used as a spread on toast, muffins, or bagels. You can also pair it with cheese and crackers for a sweet and savory snack. Apple butter works well as a filling for pastries or as a topping for pancakes and waffles. It can be used as a glaze for meats like pork or chicken, or stirred into oatmeal or yogurt for added flavor. For a simple dessert, try serving it over ice cream or with a slice of pound cake.

How to make a James Martin cheesecake?

To make a cheesecake similar to those by James Martin, a renowned British chef known for his simple yet delicious recipes, you would typically start with a classic cheesecake base. This involves a simple biscuit (like Digestives or Graham crackers) and butter crust, pressed into a springform pan. The filling usually consists of cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract, beaten until smooth and poured over the crust. James Martin often adds unique twists to his cheesecakes, like incorporating lemon zest for a citrusy flavor or a layer of fruit compote on top. The cheesecake is then baked until set but still slightly wobbly in the center. After cooling, it’s chilled in the fridge before serving. For a specific recipe, you would need to refer to one of his cookbooks or cooking shows, as his recipes can vary.

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Apple Butter Cheesecake

Who needs an oven? Whip up this heavenly Apple Butter Cheesecake in no time! A perfect blend of sweet and creamy! 🍰🍂

  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale

For the Crust:

  1. 16 full sheets of graham crackers, finely crushed (equivalent to about 3 cups)
  2. ½ teaspoon of cinnamon for a hint of spice
  3. ½ cup (113 grams) of unsalted butter, melted, to bind the crust

For the Filling:

  1. 2 packages (8 ounces each) of cream cheese, softened for easy blending
  2. 1 cup (200 grams) of granulated sugar for sweetness
  3. 2 cups (476 grams) of heavy cream to create a rich texture
  4. ¾ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice for a subtle tang
  5. ½ cup (120 grams) of apple butter for a unique flavor twist

Instructions

  1. Preparing the Pan: Begin by lightly spraying an 8-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. This ensures your cheesecake comes out perfectly.
  2. Making the Crust: In a medium-sized bowl, mix together your crushed graham crackers and cinnamon. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir with a fork until all the crumbs are evenly moistened. This mixture will form the delicious base of your cheesecake. Transfer this mixture into your prepared pan. Flatten it with your hand and then use the bottom of a kitchen glass to press it down firmly, starting from the center and working your way to the edges and slightly up the sides. This forms a solid, even base.
  3. Creating the Filling: In a large mixing bowl, whip together the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar using a hand-held mixer at medium speed. Aim for a creamy and smooth consistency. Next, add in the heavy cream and fresh lemon juice, continuing to beat for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. This is the key to that irresistible cheesecake texture.
  4. Assembling the Cheesecake: Pour this creamy filling over your prepared crust. For an artistic and flavorful twist, add dollops of apple butter on top. With a knife or an offset spatula, gently swirl the apple butter into the filling. Be careful to avoid disturbing the crust.
  5. Chilling the Cheesecake: Place the cheesecake in the refrigerator and let it set until firm. This usually takes about 6 hours, but leaving it overnight is ideal for the best results.
  6. Serving: Once set, your apple butter cheesecake is ready to be sliced and served. Enjoy this delightful dessert that perfectly balances the richness of cream cheese with the sweet and tangy flavor of apple butter!
  • Author: Valerie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition

  • Calories: 450 kcal

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