Apple Cardamom Cheesecake

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Apple Cardamom Cheesecake

 Yields:  9″ cheesecake

Prep time: 1hr 10 mins
Baking time: 20 min

INGREDIENTS

Graham Cracker Crust

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Cardamom, Ground

Glazed Apples

4 medium apples, such as Honey Crisp or Golden Delicious, peeled and cored

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Cardamom, Ground

Cheesecake Filling

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Almond Extract

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

4 eggs

 

DIRECTIONS: 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. For the Crust, mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Press firmly onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside
  • For the Glazed Apples, cut apples into thin slices (about 1/4-inch thick). Add remaining ingredients to apples in large skillet. Cook on medium heat 5 to 10 minutes or until apples begin to caramelize, turning frequently. Arrange apples on bottom of crust
  • For the Filling, beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar, vanilla and lemon peel. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Spoon evenly over apples
  • Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until center is almost set. Turn oven off and allow cheesecake to cool in oven 1 hour with door slightly ajar. Run small knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on wire rack
  • Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator

 source:  mccormick

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