Apple Pecan Cheesecake
 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs (I cheat and buy the box of graham cracker crumbs)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Filling:
  • 2 - 8 oz bricks cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 2 medium size apples, cored, peeled and sliced
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, pecans, sugar, cinnamon and butter in a bowl and then press into the bottom and sides of a 9" springform pan. Set aside.
  3. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until well mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, beat in slightly. When both eggs have been added, pour into crust.
  4. Combine the remaining cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl and toss the apple slices until thoroughly coated. Distribute on the top of the filling and sprinkle the ¼ cup of chopped pecans on top.
  5. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. Allow to cool 15-20 minutes and then use a knife to separate from the sides of the pan. Remove the springform and allow to cool completely then chill for 4 hours before serving.
Recipe by Confessions of a Cooking Diva at http://www.confessionsofacookingdiva.com/2013/11/21/apple-pecan-cheesecake/