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Toffee Apple Cheesecake Bars

By
Andrew Chase
Photography by
Yvonne Duivenvoorden
Use an apple variety that doesn’t disintegrate when cooked, such as Cortland, Crispin, Fuji, Idared, Northern Spy or Spartan. To serve as a plated dessert rather than cutting into bars, you can cut this into 9 or 12 bigger squares.

Ingredients

  • Nut Layer:
  • 1-1/2 cups  (375 mL)  walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup  (60 mL)  packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp  (45 mL)  butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • Cheese Layer:
  • 1 pkg  (250 g)  cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp  (45 mL)  granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  molasses
  • 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • Apple Layer:
  • 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  butter
  • 4 cups  (1 L)  peeled cored finely sliced apples
  • 1 tbsp  (15 mL)  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 mL)  cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp  (1 mL)  ground allspice
  • 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  coarse brown sugar, such as Demerara

Preparation

1. For Nut layer, line bottom and sides of 8-inch/2 L square metal baking pan with parchment paper.

2. In food processor, finely chop walnuts; thoroughly mix in sugar, butter, flour and salt. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake in centre of 350°F/180°C oven for 12 minutes. Let cool on rack while assembling cheese layer.

3. For Cheese Layer, in medium bowl with electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, sugar, molasses, cornstarch and egg until smooth. Spread evenly over nut layer. Return pan to oven; bake for 15 minutes.

4. For Apple Layer, meanwhile, in large skillet over medium, melt butter. Add apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon and allspice; fry, stirring often, until apples are tender, 6 to 12 minutes, depending on apple variety and ripeness. Arrange apple mixture evenly over cheese layer; sprinkle with coarse sugar.

5. Return pan to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely on rack.

6. Remove from pan. Cut into 9 squares; cut each in half.

If dealing with a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity or special dietary needs for a medical condition, always check the label of processed foods (including spices and condiments) to ensure that they’re free of potentially harmful ingredients. If you have any doubt about a product’s ingredients, contact the manufacturer.
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