This past year's Christmas dinner was a little bit different.
We left for Hawaii on December 26th, so leftovers were not an option.
I took on the task of dessert, but had to make just the right amount.
Enough for six.
No more, no less.
Boom. Challenged accepted.
I decided to take on cheesecake for the first time ever.
Mr. T always defaults to one of two desserts:
(1) red velvet cake
(2) apple pie
I was focused on my cheesecake.
But, learning to be a compromiser, I told him let's combine the two.
And the apple streusel cheesecake was born!
(makes 8 half pint mason jars)
1 package of graham crackers, crushed
4 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice of 1 lemon
1 granny smith apple
For streusel topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons butter, melty
1. Spray the inside of the mason jars with cooking spray.
2. Crush the graham crackers.
(I used my food processor and it worked like magic!)
3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe dish, then mix it into the graham cracker crumbs.
4. Divide the crumbs into the bottom of the jars and pack tight.
5. In a standing mixer whip the cream cheese and sugar together until light and airy.
(some recipes disagree with me here... this is an airy cheesecake, not heavy and dense)
6. Beat in the eggs.
7. Add sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon and whip until light and airy.
8. Top the graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of the jars with the cheesecake mixture.
(I overfilled a little bit... Leave about a fourth of the jar at the top for the apple-streusel)
9. Heat oven to 325F.
10. Peel apple and slice thin.
(I used my food processor)
11. Place slices over the top of the cheesecake layer in the jars.
12. In a small (but not too small) bowl, mix together streusel ingredients with your fingers.
13. Cover the top of the apples in streusel.
14. Add the jars to a water bath in a baking dish and pop in the oven.
15. Cook for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
16. Remove from oven and take out of bath with tongs.
17. Cool in the fridge before serving.
You can make these the night before and they will be perfect the following day!
After running in the frigid cold with my Mama Bird on Christmas Eve morning,
Mr. T and I decided it would be a perfect Christmas celebration kick-off
to sample the Apple Streusel Cheesecake.
Boy were we glad we did...
The only problem: we had to share one mason jar.