Apfel Käsekuchen

Apfel Käsekuchen
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Apple is the star of this dish, so use vanilla to lay down a nice neutral base, paint on layers of honey and marzipan then add lemon zest to provide some highlights. The result is a rich decadent dessert you don’t feel horrible about having for breakfast. It’s like all the best parts an apple pie and a soft custardy cheesecake all wrapped in a sweet buttery brioche-like dough.
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 2 hours
Apfel Käsekuchen
Print Recipe
Apple is the star of this dish, so use vanilla to lay down a nice neutral base, paint on layers of honey and marzipan then add lemon zest to provide some highlights. The result is a rich decadent dessert you don’t feel horrible about having for breakfast. It’s like all the best parts an apple pie and a soft custardy cheesecake all wrapped in a sweet buttery brioche-like dough.
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 2 hours
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Servings: slices
Instructions
Prepare the dough
  1. Combine yeast, sugar, salt, and 1/2 cup of flour in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  2. Melt the butter and mix in the egg yolk. Add the egg white to the buttermilk. Whisk each separately, then whisk together. Add the vanilla extract then pour it all in the mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Attach a dough hook to the mixer and mix on low adding a tablespoon of flour at a time until the dough is soft, but stops sticking to the sides of the bowl.
  4. Turn the mixer up to medium for about 7 minutes or until the dough is silky smooth. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until doubled (about 2 hours).
Filling
  1. Add the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  2. Beat until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides several times. Add the egg and continue beating until shiny and smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the apple slices, lemon juice, honey, and flour to combine.
Assembly and baking
  1. Put the oven rack in the middle position and pre-heat to 350 F.
  2. Mist a 9" round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray, then press the dough into the bottom, coming most of the way up the sides of the pan.
  3. Lay down a single layer of apples along the bottom of the dough. Then work the marzipan into thin pieces and scatter them on top of the apples.
  4. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the apples and marzipan making sure it doesn't go over above the rim of the dough (you may need to press the dough up further).
  5. Let the assembled cake rest for about 20 minutes before baking.
  6. Bake until golden brown around the edges and the center is just a little jiggly, about 40 minutes.
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