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Creamy apple crumb cheesecake, the perfect autumn cheesecake made with apples and topped with lots of sweet streusel.

 

APPLE CRUMB CHEESECAKE

 

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Incredibly creamy cheesecake with soft and aromatic apples cubes and topped with crunchy, sweet streusel.

I couldn’t resist another cheesecake.

I know I’ve already posted lots of them in July, fruity ones like the Blueberry or the Cherry Cheesecake, others full of chocolate like the Double Chocolate Cheesecake and the White Chocolate Apricot Cheesecake and so on.

But cheesecake is one of my favorite kind of cakes, something I bake really really often, a cake that most everybody loves, so why not? It was not planned, but here it is: my first cheesecake featuring apples and streusel.

 

APPLE CHEESECAKE WITH STREUSEL

 

I was inspired to make this cheesecake by Rosa from For the Love of Italian Cooking. She recently posted this delicious looking New York Cheesecake and revealed that her secret to an extra creamy cheesecake is replacing the usual sour cream with heavy cream. The first time she did that was due to a mistake, but the resulting cake was so good that she’s been making it like this ever since.

I was so taken by this idea that I could not resist baking a cheesecake just to see how that works. And I love the result: the cake was so wonderfully creamy, really melting in your mouth! I hope you will try this, you will love it for sure!

This is an updated post from October 2016. Rosa passed away in 2018, so this apple crumb cheesecake is in her memory.

If you would like to see more of Rosa’s recipes, have a look at this Ultimate Meat Sauce for Pasta, these Gnudi – Ricotta Dumplings and this recipe for Macerated Strawberries.

 

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INGREDIENTS FOR APPLE STREUSEL CHEESECAKE

What kind of cookies for the crust?

  • The crust for the apple crumb cheesecake is a simple crust made with crushed cookies or graham crackers and melted butter.
  • To make the crust for the apple cheesecake, I used the very common German butter cookies, which are crisp, sweet and very easy to get around here.
  • However, any regular cookies available in your area will be perfect as well. For instance, graham crackers.

Quark:

  • I used low-fat quark to make the apple crumb cheesecake.

What is quark?

  • Quark is a fresh dairy product, traditional in the cuisines of German speaking, Scandinavian and Slavic countries. Quark is protein packed (½ cup has 11 g protein in it) and is super healthy, especially the low-fat kind.
  • Quark is very cheap and very common in Germany, but maybe not that easy to find in other countries. However, most larger supermarkets probably sell quark nowadays, I really hope you can find it.
  • Quark is similar to Greek yogurt, but less tart in taste and slightly stiffer. When it comes to consistency, I think strained yogurt comes closest to quark. When it comes to taste, cottage cheese is a close approximate, however quark has a slightly stronger taste and is very smooth, while cottage cheese has those little balls in it.
  • If you cannot find any quark at all, but you would still like to try this apple crumb cheesecake recipe, try substituting quark with blended cottage cheese and cream cheese in a 1:1 ratio, so a total of 500 g/ 1.1 lbs/ 2 ½ cups.

Cream cheese:

  • I used regular, full-fat cream cheese, Philadelphia style.

Heavy cream:

  • Heavy or double cream. Not sweetened whipping cream or other sweetened products.

 

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HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRUMB CHEESECAKE?

This apple streusel cheesecake is super quick to make especially if you have a stand mixer or a food processor.

Start with the crust and the streusel.

Crust:

  • Place the biscuit or crackers in the food processor, add the melted butter and process until everything is combined. Press the mixture on the bottom of a springform lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.

Streusel:

  • Place the cookies or crackers, cubed cold butter, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in the food processor and mix until you obtain streusel. Transfer to a bowl and scrape the walls of the food processor well. If it is well scraped, you will not need to wash it before you make the filling.

Filling:

  • Attach the paddle attachment to the food processor.
  • Mix the quark and the cream cheese until very fluffy.
  • Continue on the lowest speed and add the sugar, flour, vanilla extract and salt.
  • Mix to incorporate, then start adding the eggs and the egg yolk, one by one, mixing well in between. Pour in the heavy cream and incorporate.
  • Peel the apples and chop them into small cubes. Mix with 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  • Brush the walls of the springform with some butter. The form is hot, so the butter will melt and brushing will be very easy.
  • Place the chopped apples on the base of the cake and carefully pour in the filling. Stir gently to make sure that the apples don’t get pushed towards the walls of the springform. Evenly sprinkle the cake with the streusel.

Bake the apple crumb cake:

  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes
  • The streusel should be quite brown and the middle of the cake still a bit wobbly.
  • Turn off the heat but leave the cake inside the oven. Place a wooden spoon in the door of the oven to prevent it from closing and leave the cake for another two hours in the oven.
  • Take it out and let it cool completely.
  • The apple streusel cheesecake is best served the next day.

 

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HOW TO MAKE THE APPLE CHEESECAKE WITHOUT THE FOOD PROCESSOR?

  • To make the crust place the biscuits or crackers in a freezing bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Mix with the melted butter and press on the bottom of the prepared springform.
  • To make the streusel crush the remaining biscuits or crackers and mix with the flour, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Cut the cold butter into the mixture using a butter knife until you obtain crumbles. Set aside.
  • To make the filling mix the cream cheese and quark with a hand mixer until very fluffy.
  • Continue on the lowest speed and add the sugar, flour, vanilla extract and salt.
  • Mix to incorporate, then start adding the eggs and the egg yolk, one by one, mixing well in between. Pour in the heavy cream and incorporate.

MORE CHEESECAKES?

Double Chocolate Cheesecake

German Cheesecake

Blueberry Lemon Curd Cheesecake

Crustless Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake – No Bake

 

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Apple Streusel Cheesecake

Yield: 12-14
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Creamy apple crumb cheesecake, the perfect autumn cheesecake made with apples and topped with lots of sweet streusel.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ 2 1/3 cups crushed butter cookies or graham crackers
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ scant ½ cup unsalted butter
  • Streusel:
  • 60 g/ 2.1 oz/ ¼ cup unsalted butter, cold
  • 50 g/ 1.7 oz/ ½ cup crushed butter cookies or graham crackers
  • 75 g/ 2.6 oz/ 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 50 g/ 1.7 oz/ ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Filling:
  • 400 g/ 14 oz/ 1 ¾ cups cream cheese
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 1 ¼ cups quark
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs (small Germany, medium US)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 200 ml/ 6.7 fl.oz/ scant 1 cup heavy/double cream
  • 2 small apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the base of a springform 26 cm/ 10 inches diameter with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter cookies/graham crackers in a food processor and process until you have fine crumbs.
  3. Alternatively you could place them in a freezing bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  4. Melt the butter and mix it with the crumbs. Press the mixtures into the prepared springform.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.


Streusel:

  1. Make the streusel now, so you will not have to clean the food processor twice.
  2. Place the cold butter and butter cookies/graham crackers, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in the food processor. Process until the mixture starts forming large crumbs. Alternatively mix with your hands until you get the crumbs. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Scrape the food processor as good as you can, no need to wash it before making the filling.


Filling:

  1. To make the filling attach the paddle attachment to the food processor. Alternatively you can use a hand mixer.
  2. Mix the quark and the cream cheese until very fluffy. Continue on the lowest speed and add the sugar, flour, vanilla extract and salt.
  3. Mix to incorporate, then start adding the eggs and the egg yolk, one by one, mixing well in between.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream and incorporate.
  5. Peel the apples and chop them into small cubes. Mix with 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  6. Brush the walls of the springform with some butter. The form is hot, so the butter will melt and brushing will be very easy.
  7. Place the chopped apples on the base of the cake and carefully pour in the filling. Stir gently to make sure that the apples don't get pushed towards the walls of the springform.
  8. Evenly sprinkle the cake with the streusel and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. The streusel should be quite brown and the middle of the cake still a bit wobbly.
  9. Turn off the heat but leave the cake inside the oven. Place a wooden spoon in the door of the oven to prevent it from closing and leave the cake for another two hours in the oven.
  10. Take it out and let it cool completely. Best served the next day.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 407 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 110mg Sodium: 205mg Carbohydrates: 35g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

 

 

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6 comments

Chris Scheuer 15/10/2016 - 10:51

This is a wonderful combination. I love both cheesecake and apple desserts so this is right up my alley!

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Sissi 15/10/2016 - 21:01

Your beautiful apple cheesecake reminds me of a fantastic dessert I once had in a small restaurant in Bern and tried to reproduce… in vain. It was definitely without US cream cheese (I suspect only quark because it was very light), but it looked very rich while the taste was so light! I must try to copy it once more (or go back and ask for the recipe).

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Anca 16/10/2016 - 08:33

It looks delicious. I didn’t use quark in cheesecake, I imagine it’s lighter. Yum!

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Rosa 17/10/2016 - 08:24

Hi Adina! Wow! I am honoured! Thank you for the mention! Your cheesecake looks so perfect and mouthwatering! I’m drooling … 🙂

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grace 18/10/2016 - 18:30

this is a cheesecake that has pretty much everything going for it! streusel topping?! yes please! what a delightful concoction. 🙂

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