Just when you thought there was no more cheesecake…..

So when I started getting entries for HHDD#10 Cheesecake, I was surprised at how many people had never made a cheesecake before. Though my own mother has never either! So I was really touched that so many people entered the contest who had never made a cheesecake before…very brave and I hope you learned that making a cheesecake is not that hard to do!
I could not help but think of what cheesecake I would have made had I been able to enter the contest. I had a lot of ideas. After my Samoas cheesecake, several people asked me to make a Thin Mint cheesecake(I am actually thinking about making a Thin Mint cupcake instead)…but I wasn’t in a minty mood. I thought about an orange mascarpone one…no mascarpone cheese in the apartment. What I did have was apples though. I love caramel apples. So something involving caramel apples was it. I didn’t just want a plain cheesecake with caramel apples on top. Luckily I had a bag of toffee bits…and I thought, “how perfect.” I had really wanted to make a brown butter cookie base for this, but we had very little butter in the fridge(highly unusual). So plain old graham cracker crust it was.
You have just ONE more day to vote. We have several front runners and 1st place seems to change just about every time I go and check my email. So vote, vote, vote!!!


Caramel Apple Toffee Cheesecake

1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 TBSP sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 lbs cream cheese
2 cups sugar
2 TBSP flour
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
¾ cup toffee pieces

3 Granny Smith apples
3 TBSP butter
¼ cup sugar

1 ¼ cups sugar
1/3 cup water
2/3 cup heavy cream

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, 2 TBSP sugar and melted butter. Press this into the bottom of a 10 inch spring form pan.
Bake crust for 10 minutes at 350F and set aside.
Mix the cheese and sugar with paddle attachment on medium speed, about 3 minutes.
Add in the flour on low speed. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides and bottom after each egg. Add the egg yolks and vanilla. Fold in the toffee pieces.
Pour the batter into the preparend pan. Wrap aluminum foil on the outside of the ban and bake in a water batch at 350F for approximately 1 ½ hours. A knife inserted should come out clean when the cake is done.
Chill the cake overnight and then remove from the pan. Make the topping. Peel and core three apples(Granny Smith). Slice apples thinly.
In a heavy saucepan melt 3 TBSP butter. Stir in ¼ cupsugar and cook until the sugar starts to caramelize. Add the apples and cook them until they are tender. Cool.
Make the caramel. Pour the sugar into the center of a deep saucepan. Carefully pour 1/3 cup water around the walls of the pan, trying not to splash any of the sugar onto the walls. Do not stir; gently draw you finger twice through the center of the sugar, making a cross, to moisten it. Over high heat, bring to a full boil and cook without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally to even out the color, until the mixture is medium caramel in color, 5 to 10 minutes. Immediately turn off the heat and use a wooden spoon to slowly and carefully stir in the cream(it will bubble up and may splatter).
Top cheesecake with apples. Drizzle caramel over top of the apples.
Serves 14-16 people or 4 if you are in my family :)




  1. That looks extremely luscious!

    Ack! I still can’t decided! So many good entries…ok, time to really get cracking…

  2. Oh . . . you’re wicked.

  3. Yes, I think wicked…and a tease.
    Oh this does look really good.
    But don’t how I can vote for one over another.

  4. Wicked.. and evil, Gracie.. that’s what you are. Bless your heart.

    It’s like you know what I’ve been craving and then you post something. How did you know all I’ve been thinking about lately is apples?? So maybe one more cheesecake in the house won’t kill me, right?


  5. I used to go to random sites on the internet or magazines for recipes. Now I know to just to come to your site when I want something to come out delicious. Kudos again. That cheesecake is luscious.

  6. ohh, that is just gorgeous! I’m off to the shop to buy some cream cheese. Now. I love caramel and apples too!

  7. Are you sure we can’t vote for you?

  8. I love caramel apples too so I really heart this cheesecake!

  9. Ooooohhhh, so delicious looking. I’ve already voted, but your cheesecake should win any contest.

  10. Oh this looks so evil to my waistline! It really looks delicious and I have put it in my must try files to have sometime soon! I also am very intrigued by your Thin Mint cupcake idea, I have a cupcake fetish you know, can’t wait to see your adaption!

  11. Uhh, I’m not hungry. Your cheesecake is making me feel sick!

    But in a good way, of course. It looks deliciously rich!

  12. So delicious looking. Wow, wow, wow. :)

    Good thing you can’t win because your cheesecake is looking good!!

    Can’t wait to see who wins!

  13. You are killing me with all of these amazing cheesecake photos!

  14. Oh yum! Where were you earlier this week when I needed cheesecake!

  15. I was also thinking what cheesecake you haven’t made :D Your combo really no limits, and they all good!

  16. Wow – I just got home from the gym and was all pumped to eat healthy today – and then I see this. Now I want cheesecake!! (and I’m definitely going to try this recipe sometime – this looks sublime.)

  17. You’ve really gone too far this time!

  18. True to my word, I made it and it was gorgeous. For the Europeans among us I converted to metric measurements and also reduced quantities to fit a 22 cm. tin — see link in my sig for the revised quantities, and a tip for trouble-free, foolproof caramel-making using sugar cubes!

  19. Peabody, You amaze me!
    I put on the pounds just looking at those pictures.

  20. Looks great! You’re cheesecakes always look so good and I want to try them, but I just don’t have the right opportunities to. Hopefully, I’ll get to soon!

  21. No more cheesecake … no … that’s just too terrifying to contemplate!

    I’m happy to see that you’ve taken it upon yourself to educate the world in cheesecake-making. That’s exactly what the world needs. More cheesecakes!

    Love the apples!

  22. OK–those pictures are just too seductive, too fabulous, too everything! :):) I am in love…with a cheesecake! Is that wrong? :):)

  23. OMG! this is so unfair.

  24. Angie Price says:

    This was the second cheesecake I ever made; sad to say, but this one didn’t work out. I followed the directions to a “t.” Not sure what went wrong. Maybe it just needed a different oven temp.

  25. Can you be more specific about how it didn’t turn out and maybe I can figure out why?


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