Cheesecake Pie: Why Didn't We Think of This Earlier?!

November 10, 2015

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.

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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 eggs
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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  • Sandy Brown Jensen
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  • Lea
I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, Savory Baking, came out in Fall of 2022 - is full of recipes to translate a love of baking into recipes for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between!


Sandy B. November 15, 2017
My dad’s favorite dessert was Cheese Pie, and that was in the 1950s. The bottom layer was made with I believe cottage cheese and cream cheese, eggs, sugar, etc., and the top layer was a dreamy creamy sour cream, in a graham cracker crust. So this is far from a new idea, but I’m loving your twist on it and the chance for a walk down Memory Lane.
Lea November 15, 2015
This is a genius idea...gonna try all sorts of variations. Thanks so much!