When we bite into a freshly-picked apple, it becomes clear why the apple was the symbol of pleasure in Eden. Juicy, sweet and so comfortingly…yummy! I love the idea that in the Greek mythology, the apple was created by Dionysus as a gift to his mistress, the goddess of beauty, love and pleasure, Aphrodite. May this variation of the apple cake make you a goddess in the kitchen as well as granting you a sweet new year!
Apple Cheesecake in 4 steps
1. Make a crumble with 2 cups of rolled oat, ¼ cup of flour, ¾ cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup of non-salted butter, at room temperature. Reserve ½ cup for garnish and press the rest in a 8” springform pan. Bake in the oven at 350°, for about 10 min and reserve.
2. Cook 3 cups of peeled and sliced apples, with 2 tablespoons of butter and ¼ cup of brown sugar, for about 3 to 5 min. Add 2 tablespoons of cream 35%, mix and continue to cook for another 3 min. Reserve.
3. With an electric mixer, beat 250g of cream cheese with ½ cup of brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, and the juice + zest of 1 lemon.
4. Place the apples on the baked crumble, cover with the cream cheese mixture and garnish with the reserved crumble. Bake in the oven at 350° for 45 min. or until the center of the cake is firm. Allow the cake to cool completely before you refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Ideally, you will want to make this cheesecake ahead of time, like the night before, but it will also keep well in the freezer, for up to 3 months.
Happy Apple Season!