September 29, 2011

Apple Cheesecake Crumb Bars for a Playdate {Webisode}

 

The Occasion: Taking treats to a friend for an afternoon playdate and some to my neighbor to celebrate her daughter’s christening.

Menu: Everyone to bring apple-themed treats to the playdate for a fun fall afternoon.

Attendees: Party of 8 (at playdate!)

Naptime Goals: Bake bars so they have time to cool, finish laundry, wrap up articles and pack snack for pick-up.

When I agreed to bring an apple-y treat to a playdate recently I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I experimented with this Apple Crumb Cheesecake bar recipe a lot last year but never posted about it. Now I’ve think I’ve got it fine-tuned and am finally ready to share! They were originally inspired by my husband’s love of cheesecake and my love of apples. I make a lot of apple breads and muffins during apple season, which are great, of course, but I really wanted to try combining cheesecake and apples to make one stellar bar we all would love. Apple Crumb Bars

As you can see in this webisode, the bars came together very easily while my daughter was in school. I popped them in the oven and spent time finishing up laundry, wrapping up some articles and preparing for school pick-up. Once I was ready to go fetch her I fastened the lid over my portable pan and cut them fresh when we got there. One of my friends suggested drizzling them with caramel sauce to make them into caramel apple cheesecake bars, but I just ate mine as it was. I loved how the soft baked apples melted into the creamy cheesecake base which was sandwiched between the sweet, buttery oat crust and topping. In short, they are our new favorite apple-y fall snack and they’ve come about just in time, the season is just beginning for us to enjoy them all fall.

Recipe

 Apple Crumb Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

Crust & Topping:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3 sticks unsalted butter
1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Filling:

1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 tablespoons flour
4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. Pour the flour, sugar, oats and salt into a food processor and pulse until crumbs form. Add the butter in large chunks to the food processor until the mixture becomes pebbly and holds shape when pinched.

3. Press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden.

4. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese until soft and pour in the milk until completely smooth. With the mixer on low add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then add the vanilla and flour. Set aside.

5. Toss the chopped apples with the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sugar and set aside.

6. Once the crust is cooled pour the cream cheese mixture evenly on top, followed by the chopped apples. Spread the remaining 1/3 of the crumb mixture on top and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the bars are set and the crumb is lightly golden. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These are great for a casual treat or it can be dressed up with ice cream and caramel topping for a special treat!

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 35 minutes bake time

Naptime Reviews

These were a huge hit all around!