Pie crust as the base of a cheesecake is popular in some places, but not nearly as common as it could (and should) be!
Using a springform pan allows for the typical lofty custard while allowing for the pie crust to go all the way up the sides.
Instead of a classic cheesecake, I took a note from my favorite apple pie, adding cider, cinnamon, and a little nutmeg into the mix. The finished cheesecake is silky-smooth, super rich, and, best of all, there’s pie crust involved.
Cider Cheesecake Pie
Makes one 9-inch pie
For the crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter, cubed
Ice water, as needed
Egg wash, as needed
For the filling:
24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 to 2 grates fresh nutmeg
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup boiled cider (available from King Arthur; thawed apple juice concentrate will work in a pinch)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the optional finish:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice of 1 lemon
2 apples, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.
Photo by Alpha Smoot
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