Sunday, October 7, 2012

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Despite the calendar, Autumn has still not arrived in our neighborhood. It is warm and sunny and the skies are clear. My family and I live in a small town (population about 6,000), established in the mid-1800's. Every year, on the first Sunday of October, downtown (all two blocks of it!) is closed and townsfolk celebrate everything "apple". Today is that day--our annual community "Apple Squeeze".

For just a few dollars you can purchase a bag of apples and process them through a vintage apple press. Or, for just a few dollars more you can purchase a ready-to-go jug of apple cider. Vendors line the streets and sell "everything apple". If it contains apple (fritters, butter, slices of pie), or even hints of apple (quilts with an apple motif, apple cookbooks, etc) you will find it here.

Kinda hokey, but we look forward to this. And today I decided to carry the apple theme to our dinner as well. We had cider-braised turkey thighs with roasted root vegetables, and for dessert a caramel apple cheesecake pie. This recipe was adapted from the one on the blog Annie's Eats:


For the crust: