Kardea Brown's Big Apple Crumb Cheesecake | Delicious Miss Brown | Food Network

Check out that caramel drizzle alll over Kardea’s cheesecake with an apple crumb topping!

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Kardea Brown shares down-home, Southern recipes from her South Carolina kitchen. The cook and caterer was born and raised on the sea islands of Charleston, the heart of all Southern cooking, and learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. These days, she takes generations of family recipes and makes them her own as she cooks for family and friends at her Sea Island home.

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Big Apple Crumb Cheesecake
Level: Intermediate
Total: 5 hr 10 min (includes cooling and chilling time)
Active: 45 min
Yield: 8 to 10 servings


Graham Crust:
Nonstick cooking spray, for the pan
15 graham crackers (or 2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs)
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Apple Crumb Topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tart apple, peeled, cored and diced

Cheesecake Filling:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch kosher salt
Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
3 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Store-bought caramel sauce, for serving


For the graham crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

Add the graham crackers to a food processor and pulse until fine, then add the brown sugar and salt and pulse until well combined. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir until the mixture resembles damp sand. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared springform pan in an even layer. Bake the crust until firm, about 10 minutes, then let cool.

For the apple crumb topping: Stir together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle in the butter and stir until the mixture resembles wet sand, using your hands to form some clumps. Fold in the diced apple.

For the cheesecake filling: Stir together the granulated sugar, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl. Pulse together the cream cheese and sour cream in a food processor until smooth. With the processor running, add the sugar mixture 1/2 cup at a time until the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs and yolk one at a time, pulsing until well combined, then add the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the processor and giving it another pulse to make sure everything is incorporated. Pour the cheesecake filling over the top of the graham cracker crust.

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the filling. Bake the cheesecake until it is mostly set but still has a bit of a jiggle in the center, 60 to 70 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the oven door slightly open for 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature, about another hour, then refrigerate for 1 hour more. Run a paring knife around the outside before unmolding and slicing. Serve drizzled with the caramel sauce.

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Kardea Brown’s Big Apple Crumb Cheesecake | Delicious Miss Brown | Food Network


30 Replies to “Kardea Brown's Big Apple Crumb Cheesecake | Delicious Miss Brown | Food Network”

  1. Is the butter salted or unsalted? Since she added salt I’m assuming it’s unsalted, but would be nice to know for sure. How about the recipe for the drizzle at the end?

  2. Kardea, that looks sooo impressive. Hopefully, by thanksgiving, I can put out a holiday dessert table that will include this recipe.
    It looks mad delicious! And you make it look so easy to prepare.
    Question: Do the apples get tender? Thank you!

  3. Hello,there
    I'm so glad I have found you
    U are awesome
    So simple ,like the good old days
    Not like those new
    People that they act professional with
    Ml,grams,lt and so on thank u for the
    Apple cramp cheesecake
    Thanksgiving it will be on my table

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