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!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Great video Kelsey! What delicious fun!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Sommer, glad you enjoyed!

  • Milisa Armstrong

    I have a ton of apples and I will have to try this, it looks so good!

    • Anonymous

      They are really good, enjoy those apples!

  • Anonymous

    Great video – love the background music :)

    • Anonymous

      Haha, thanks!

  • Xyz

    How many ounces of sweetened condensed milk?  Thanks.  Looks fun.

    • Kelsey

      Hi! 1 14 ounce can! Thanks, kelsey

    • Anonymous

      Hi! 14 ounces – I added it to the ingredients!

      • Xyz

        Thanks!  While at an average store, I saw there are 14-oz. and perhaps 8-oz. cans.  I guessed 14 before and am glad to see it’s the correct measurement.

        • Anonymous

          I am glad it worked out!

          • Xyz

            This blog is so wonderful.  Thanks again!

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    So many delicious things in one dessert bar!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Lauren!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t go wrong with this combo!  I’ve already made my own version of these earlier this fall – and they were a major hit!

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  • Marla

    Love the cheese cake, crumb bar combo!

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net Julie

    I love this combo too! Love seeing apple recipes, really looking forward to fall. :)

  • Ally

    Send me a batch & make my day!?
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

  • blissmamaof3

    Just took these out of my oven for tomorrow’s PTO meeting.  The house smells so good, cannot wait to give them a try!  Made your apple spice cookies for today’s Brownie meeting, huge hit!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! I am so glad you like the bars and cookies!

  • Ruth

    hi from New Zealand! my 12 yr old daughter has just made these and they are cooling. can’t wait to eat them as they smell so good and her anticipation is high after licking the beaters of the cream cheese condensed milk mixture! I am watching your video now and you say you add cornstarch to the apples. This isn’t in the written recipe! Please confirm that is what you said, and how much. Also in the written you didn’t say the pan should be greased, but in the video you mention the prepared pan. Luckily she did spray the pan beforehand in case, but for future bakers maybe you could add this to your written recipe. thx so much Ruth

  • blissmamaof3

    Making these next week for our PTO meeting. They have become a first meeting tradition!