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Apple Praline Cheesecake


















Olive Garden Apple Praline Cheesecake
Copycat Recipe


Serves10


1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter

APPLE MIX:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 pounds Red delicious apples, peeled, cored, and diced into 1/2" pieces
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice

PRALINE TOPPING:
1 and 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup pecan pieces

APPLE CHEESECAKE
16 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Instructions
CRUST-Melt butter. Stir in the crumbs and sugar until thoroughly blended. Press into the bottom of a 9" spring form pan. Set aside. APPLE MIX-In a Dutch oven, melt butter over low heat; add brown sugar, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Simmer over low heat until apples are soft but still hold their shape. Cool mixture to room temperature and reserve.

TOPPING-In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together with a fork until well incorporated. Reserve.

CHEESECAKE-In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together sugar and cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time until smooth. Add the cream and continue beating until the mixture is thick and creamy. Gently stir in the cooled apple mix by hand. Pour into the prepared spring form pan. Spread praline topping over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature before removing the sides of the pan. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream.

Yield: 16 servings

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