To die for delicious! We served this for friends and let's just say my neighbor was knocking on my door the next day hoping there were left-overs...Yeah, there weren't...Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping
Adapted from Paula Deen
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cubes butter, softened
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp, divided
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Streusel topping (recipe follows)
1/2 cup caramel topping (we used homemade...recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9X13 pan lined with aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar on medium speed (electric mixer.) Add eggs, one at a time and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 Tbsp sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with streusel topping. Bake 30 minutes or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping.
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 cube) butter, softened
Combine all ingredients.
Buttermilk Caramel Topping:
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup real butter (no substitutions)
2 Tbsp corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Combine buttermilk, sugar, butter, corn syrup and baking soda in a 4 quart pan. Bring mixture to a boil. and reduce heat to low. (Make sure it is still bubbling...) Cook, stirring very frequently for 7-9 minutes or until the syrup reaches a rich golden brown. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.