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Caramel and Apple Cheesecake

 Caramel and Apple Cheesecake
"In my opinion, cheesecake is the ultimate dessert," confides Kylene Owen, Jermyn, Pennsylvania, who took a traditional recipe and cut back on th fat and calories.
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-fat graham cracker crumbs (about 6 whole crackers)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup fat-free caramel ice cream topping

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the crumbs, nuts, brown sugar and butter. Press
  • onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan coated
  • with cooking spray. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 350° for 8-10
  • minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook apples
  • over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until tender. Stir in cinnamon
  • and nutmeg; set aside.

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Caramel and Apple Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg
  • substitute and sour cream just until blended. Stir in apple mixture
  • and walnuts. Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at
  • 350° for 45-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Turn oven
  • off; leave cheesecake in oven with door ajar for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen.
  • Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
  • Before serving, drizzle with caramel topping. Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One piece equals 351 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 466 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 lean meat, 1 fruit.