Baked Apple Cheesecake: Lower Fat/Sugar Version

Apple Cheesecake

Half the amount of cream cheese makes this dessert half as decadent.
Half the amount of cream cheese makes this dessert half as decadent. | Source

My friend invited me to her party on one condition: Bring the apple cheesecake! Is that a threat? Being the reluctant baker—I only bake when I have to—I would like to take that as a compliment since dessert making is not my thing. So, I can safely say that the apple cheesecake I made must be a taste-slayer, well, at least to her reckoning and she’s the baker.

I have to confess that I’m not the originator of this recipe—remember?—I don’t have a compulsion or affinity for baking. But on occasions, I would go that extra mile to make a dessert that I actually like. When I first came to America, I discovered cheesecake and was immediately hooked. But a single piece of cheesecake, like the one from Cheesecake Factory, can pack on pounds and increase inches around places you would rather not know. That’s if you eat one too many.


When I stumbled upon a recipe that combines fresh apples with the basic cheesecake, I knew that’s where I would expend my energy, go that extra mile and indulge a little. But first, I need to do some doctoring—cut down on the fat calories and reduce sugar content, without sacrificing taste. I made some modifications to suit my taste and needs and what's more?--I know my doctor would be nodding his head and giving me the thumbs up.

1. Instead of making one apple cheesecake, I decided to divide the cream cheese mix into two pies (that way, a slice would be half the fat calories of one big slice—make sense?).

2. I reduce the amount of sugar used both in the cream cheese mixture and the amount used on the apples.

3. I cut myself some slack and use the ready-made graham cracker piecrust, instead of the traditional butter/flour/sugar made-from scratch piecrust.

Piece of cake? Let's move on.


Apple Cheesecake

Makes 2 pies

  • 7 to 8 Gala apples (or Granny Smith), cored and thinly sliced


Slice them apples--the only real work involved.

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Lay them on a 13” by 9” baking dish, cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degree Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

All baked and ready for some favoring.

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Add the following to the slices of baked apples:

  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3 tbs of brown sugar
  • 1 tbs of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence

Mix well and set aside

Basic Ingredients of Cream Cheese Mix

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Cream Cheese Mix:

  • 2 8-oz Philidelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Put all the above into a mixer bowl and beat with electric mixer until fluffy


Layer half the amount of cream cheese mix in graham cracker piecrust.

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Divide apple slices into 2 portions. Layer apple slices on top of cream cheese mixture.

Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.


Ready to Bake.

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Once they're cooled to room temperature, refrigerate for a couple of hours. Slice and enjoy. Always share pie with family and friends--that way--you share calories (always a good thing) and enjoy bonding (love, friendship, laughter...all the good stuff) time.

A slice for the taking.

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At the end of the party, there are not a single piece of apple cheesecake left. The empty crust pan speaks for itself and no...I'm not tooting my own horn.


Don't like apples? Why not try the following?:

White peaches/Yellow peaches

Nectarines

Pear

Canned cherries/blueberries/raspberries or toss them on fresh.


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happypuppy 5 years ago

Your apple cheesecake looks delicious! Loved the way you presented the photos :)


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

OMG I MUST try this recipe. I don't think I've ever had apple cheesecake before. These pictures look insanely appetizing. Rated up!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

happypuppy, thanks for commenting.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Om, give it a try--I'm sure you'll like it. Thanks.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Hmmmmm.... Yummy. I love this recipe. I haven't eat apple cheesecake. Apple is one of may favorite fruit and you make it double with cheese (I love cheese so much). I'll bookmark this hub and I'll show this to my mom. Vote up and useful.

Prasetio


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Hmm looks yummy! The pictures are amazing.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Oh... this is gorgeous and the fact that you shared a lower fat/sugar one, means I can make it as many times as I want. :)


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

prasetio, thanks for commenting. Since you love apples and cheese, this will fit the bill nicely. Maybe, your mm can make this for you:)

Katrina, it was so sweet of you to visit so many of my hubs. A million thanks.

Lady E, thanks and yes, that means going for more than one piece at the party.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

I love this with apples, but will definitely try it with white peaches, too.


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Looks delicious, and I'm not a cheesecake lover (usually because there's too much of it). Balancing the creamy cheese with lots of spiced apple slices looks like a delicious idea. Thanks for sharing this!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

RedElf, thanks for commenting. I think white peaches will be fabulous.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

livelonger, I especially like this recipe as I don't like too much creamy cheese too. The apples serve to cut down on the richness of the cheese. Thanks for commenting.


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Karen N 4 years ago from United States

I've never had apple cheesecake before but your recipe looks wonderful!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

karen N, try it--you'll love it. thanks for commenting.


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jojokaya 4 years ago from USA

Delicious


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, jojokaya.


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

This is fantastic! Just looking at the creamy photo while layering cream cheese already made me wanting to try the recipe. I grew up a lover of this cake, and your version is a MUST-try for cheesecakes today. Thank you anginwu.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Tonipet, it's totally delicious and I'm not just saying. Give it try and let me know. Thanks for stopping by to comment.


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A wonderfully written hub! Your easy-to-follow instructions and helpful step-by-step photos made me want to try your recipe. The first & last photos are indeed drool-worthy! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Just seeing this now. Looks like a yummy delight. The best of both worlds ~ apple pie and cheesecake!


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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

ishwaryaa, thanks for reading and sharing. Appreciate your visit and try it. It's amazingly delicious.

truthfornow, agreed, the best of both words. Just the best. Thanks for commenting.

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