I enjoy the fall season so much! Living in the Southern states, we have the unique experience of watching the leaves on the trees turn the most colorful shades. I particularly relish the idea of heading to my local famer's market to discover all the various types of apples during the apple harvest season. Fuji and Granny Smith are two of my favorites. This Autumn Apple Cheesecake is made with Fuji apples but feel free to use any apple you like. I prefer Fuji and Granny Smith as I feel they have the right amount of tart and sweet flavor and their texture pair well in baked goods.
The filling for this cheesecake is a traditional filling with the addition of apple flavoring. I am so blessed to have found apple flavoring at my local market as I feel it enhances the overall flavor profile of this cheesecake. Feel free to substitute apple juice in this recipe as I am sure it will work just fine. The Fuji apples on top of the cheesecake were thinly sliced and tossed in apple pie spice and sugar which brings out the amazing flavor of the apples.
The apples are placed on top of the cheesecake and finally sprinkled with Georgia-grown chopped pecans then baked to perfection. After baking for one hour, I like to turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven for 30 minutes and then remove to further cool at room temperature for about and hour. I believe this slow cooling process allows the cheesecake to reduce gradually in temperature and avoids sudden changes in temperature. Leaving a hot oven and being introduced to a room temperature can shock the cheesecake and result in cracking. After returning the cheesecake to room temperature I then place it in the refrigerator to chill and set up for at least six hours/overnight.
I invite you to watch the YouTube video on this amazing cheesecake. Fall is here and there are plenty of delicious apple varieties to choose from so head to the kitchen and make this amazing Autumn Apple Cheesecake. Your friends and family will be delighted. Please leave comments, suggestions, and questions here on the blog as I look forward to reading and responding. You got this! Happy Baking!!