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Apple Cheesecake

Apple Cheesecake


Breaking the rules. It is unusual for me to publish a ‘sweet post’ on Monday. And it is unusual for Mother Nature to have a snowstorm at the end of March.

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When none of simple and delicious baking ideas come to my mind, I know it is time to make an apple cake. Making cakes, pies and other pastries with apples is always a win-win situation: in most cases it is easy and everyone likes them.

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I have so many apple based dessert recipes, that I can keep making them for a few months without repeating.

It takes only few minutes to prepare this very tasty cake plus baking-cooling time. The result will please you – crumbly, crunchy, creamy cake. Delish!

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Apple Cheesecake


one 9” diameter cake


  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 stick (4 oz/114 g) butter, cut into pieces
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, pecans) or/and powdered sugar for dusting

For the filling:

  • 1 very large apple
  • Juice of ½ small lemon
  • 1 package (8 oz/250 g) Philadelphia or homemade cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ – ½ cup sugar (or to taste, the amount depends on the sweetness of the apple)




Butter a 9” cake springform.

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).

In a food processor bowl combine all the ingredients for making the dough, except the eggs.

Add the eggs. Blend until the crumbs form. If the dough sticks to your hands, add a little more flour.

Transfer the dough into the form. Press to the bottom and the sides of the form up to ¾” high.

Pour the filling.

If using, sprinkle with the nuts.

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Cool in the form. Transfer onto a dish.

If using, dust the cooled cake with powdered sugar, using a fine strainer, just before serving.


For the filling:

With a mixer beat the cream cheese with ¼ cup sugar until creamy.

Peel the apple clean and coarsely grate it (I use a “mandolin” type julienne grater). Drizzle the apple with lemon juice.

Stir in the apple and vanilla extract into the cream cheese. Taste it, and add more sugar, if necessary.

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Cook with pleasure!


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