Monday, December 06, 2010

Baking With Dorie: Brown Sugar-Apple Cheesecake

Cheesecake had never been my forte until I discovered Dorie Greenspan. And so I felt pretty confident about tackling this recipe when Jen picked it for this week. Besides, what was not to love about the thought of apples, cinnamon and brown sugar in a cheesecake?

The only thing was - I didn't want to make a big cheesecake, but then I also didn't want to do the math & divide this recipe in half. What's a lazy girl to do? 

I didn't divide the recipe in half but baked 6 mini-cheesecakes in my muffin tin as a trial version & saved the rest of the filling to use later tomorrow. I expected an epic fail once I realized that I was out of sour cream & had to substitute with yogurt. I was sure something would happen to compromise the texture of the cheesecakes & sat around with fingers crossed the entire time they were baking.

I need not have worried because the texture turned out to be everything it promises to be: creamy without being too dense, and  the surprise layer of caramelized apples is deliciously pleasing.

This may not have been one of my prettiest BWD bakes, but whatever it lacked in visual appeal is made up for by its' apple-infused dreamy-creaminess. 

Thanks to Jen for picking this recipe this week! Please head over to Jen's blog for the recipe, or to pages 238-9 of Baking: from my home to yours by Dorie Greenspan. Do head over to the blog roll & check out how the other BWD bakers' did this week. 

Next up, we're baking Sables (picked by Laurie). If you'd like to join our baking challenges, please drop me a line at needfulthings at ymail dot com. We'd love to have you bake along with us! 


tina_bakes said...

You beat us all to it!! It looks yumms in a way only cheesecake can. And I love the idea of your mini cheesecake.. am thinking to do the same thing too!!

p/s: I will be a little late in posting this week's bake..

Grapefruit said...

Thank you! And No worries - this is the first time I've myself posted on time in weeks!
These were seriously yummy and I'm going to bake my remaining mini-cheesecakes tomorrow :-D

therookiebaker said...

Your mini cheesecake looks great! I agree that this wasn't one of the prettiest bakes, but was definitely one of the most delicious! Glad you enjoyed it...thanks for baking with me!

Sandra said...

It looks good.

tasteofbeirut said...

This looks like a cake made by a pro! I can't believe you had trouble with cheesecake before! I can just imagine how tasty, sinfully tasty this one must be!

laurie said...

Your photos are awesome! This was a good cheesecake!

Sage Trifle said...

I think it looks very pretty. And it sounds scrumptious.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

And i find it pretty too!
Ofcourse we are on the same page coz i bake all things small sized too , cut portions + i am the only dessert lover here and though my family is relishing my bakes they eat v v lttle :-)
So i go rite ahead and do all the maths u know:-)))
Looks so yummy luscious !

Sweet and Savory said...

I think this is a pretty mini, even if you don't. I like the idea of minis. They are more special than the big cake.

Great job.

Beth said...

What a lovely cheesecake. I like the idea of baking individual ones -- it might help counter the temptation to overindulge!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Hii sweetie , thannnxx for stoppn by and am thrilled u love Speculoos too:-)
Happy holidays!

Catalina said...

Apple and cinnamon is one of the best cobos in the world! Adding cheesecake to this must be a real heaven! Beautiful pictures :)


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