I’m all about some apples right now in case you haven’t noticed.
And it was actually very simple! But I did a few things differently than the recipe just because I kind of felt like it.
First comes the crust. It’s made of gingersnaps and pecans and it’s totally bursting with fall flavors! The recipe has you process the gingersnaps into crumbs and then stir them together with melted butter, a little brown sugar and some chopped, toasted pecans. I decided to just throw the pecans into the food processor with the gingersnaps because I’m not really into having nuts in baked goods.
Also you can see that I didn’t use a tart pan because I don’t have one. This recipes works perfectly fine in a springform pan, but because it’s a thin cheesecake, it really would look better in a tart pan. Not that it’s all about the looks, but that’s the whole “tart” part of Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart.
Then comes the apple topping. I used four medium-ish (a little bit on the small side) Granny Smith apples and cut them into thin slices. Cook those in some brown sugar (I also added a little bit of cinnamon here), let them cool, and then arrange them on the cooled cheesecake. Southern Living’s photo has the apples arranged in a “rosette” shape in the middle, but mine were just too slippery and looked a mess. But I think laying them out in a “fan” pattern looks equally as impressive.
The recipe says you should brush the apples with an apple jelly mixture, but I completely forgot to buy apple jelly so I just left it out. Pop the cheesecake under the broiler to brown the apples a little bit. Then you’re supposed to brush the apples with more apple jelly, but I remembered I had some caramel sauce in the fridge and that was a good decision.
If you’re looking for a fun and easy dessert for a fall get together, definitely try this one. It’s simple and has an impressive presentation, which is kind of the whole package. Also, it’s pretty fun to eat.
Jeff Branch says
Another tasty dessert which I loved. I think you should make the Apple Stack Cake next. 🙂
I might have to do that cake. 🙂
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
We must be on the same wavelength or something… b/c I totally just posted a caramel apple cheesecake (in trifle form) on Shared Appetite! Great minds think alike 🙂
Caramel apple cheesecake, ftw! Thanks Christ, your caramel apple cheesecake trifles look wonderful! 🙂
Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says
I’ve been obsessed with apple recipes lately, too. I feel like they’re just so overlooked by pumpkin this tie of year. I love the idea of this- I haven’t had cheesecake in years, but I can imagine myself loving this one!
I totally agree with you Faith! And you definitely need to make a cheesecake soon. 🙂
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
Yum, this seriously looks too good to be true!
Thanks, Medha! 🙂
Oh my! This looks amazing. I’m obsessed with apples and caramel right now so this just fits that!!
Thanks, Zainab! Caramel and apples are where it’s at!
I always love your presentation of your recipes! I agree the September issue was a great one! I actually tried the Apple Butter cookies minus the apple butter (i added chocolate instead) the cookies are great! they taste a lot like snickerdoodles to me! thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much, Layken! Sounds like I’m going to have to make those cookies! 🙂
I can’t get over how gorgeous this tart looks! I think brushing caramel the apples was a great idea. Sounds even better than apple jelly.
Thanks so much, Christin! I do like how it turned out with the caramel instead. 🙂
I am totally with you, Beth! Although, when I mark recipes in books and magazines it normally takes me a decade to get through them because there are always so many! I’m so happy you shared this recipe though. This tart is absolutely stunning!
Yeah, it definitely took me awhile to make this one! Thanks so much! 🙂
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
What a gorgeous presentation on this tart! I can totally see how you just had to make it ASAP! I’m all about apples now too so I’m putting this on my list! Pinned!
Thanks so much, Liz! 🙂
Oooo Beth this sounds so so good! And it’s so pretty too! I’m allll about the apples right now … and with the caramel and that gingersnap crust?!?!
I’m right there with you, Ashley!
Amazingly beautiful and delicious!!!
Thank you! 😀
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Ah, girl this is beautiful!!! And I feel the same way. I want to make this tart immediately! Pinned!
Thanks for pinning, Rachel! 🙂
Jessica @ Sweet Menu says
How stunning is this gorgeous apple tart? Incredible! Can you imagine bringing that out to a table full of dinner guests? Impressive!
Thanks so much, Jessica! 🙂
Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com says
Wow, this is a dang sexy cheesecake. What a way to celebrate fall! I love it.
Haha, great! I was definitely going for dang sexy when I made this. 😉
this cheesecake looks delicious!
Thanks so much, Dina!
Matt @ Runner Savvy says
Roll tide this weekend!
Yes, Roll Tide!!
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says
Yum! I see why you felt like you needed to make this immediately!
Carol at Wild Goose Tea says
Wow this is truly GORGEOUS. Almost too pretty to cut into—-notice I said ‘almost’. I can see why you made it immediately.
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Everything about this tart is calling my name! I can’t get enough of caramel and apples. I love the recipes in Southern Living but don’t try them nearly as often as I should. Now that I see you made this tart, I definitely need to try it!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
I totally do this all the time. . flip through a magazine and say “I NEED TO MAKE THIS IMMEDIATELY.” and thank goodness for us, you saw the September issue of Southern Living, or else I would not have seen this beauty!! Just stunning!!!! so gorgeous and beautifully photographed!! and love that circular piece of wood!
Wanda Tracey says
At this time of year I want apples everything!! This looks so sublime that I salivating and cant wait to make it.Thank you.
WOW!! this is looks so yummy and delicious. I loved it.