TV Dinner: cheesecake & scalloped apples

TV Dinner: cheesecake

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - This weekend is the Cream Cheese Festival in Lowville and to honor it, Chef Chris Manning shows us an easy way to make cheesecake.

Last week he showed us savory cream cheese recipes.

It’s the cheesecake recipe he grew up with. His mom always made it in a 13- by 9-inch baking dish, although it will work just as well in a spring-form pan.

To top off the cheesecake, he makes scalloped apples. He also has an easy way to turn the dish into apple crisp, if you prefer.

Watch the video to see how he does it.

Cheesecake

- 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1 stick (1/4 pound) butter, melted

- 32 ounces cream cheese, softened

- 2/3 cup sour cream

- 4 eggs, beaten

- 1 teaspoon vanilla

- 1 cup sugar

Mix vanilla wafers, brown sugar, and butter together and place in greased 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Press mixture along bottom and up sides to form a crust.

Blend cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, vanilla and sugar into a smooth batter, making sure there are no lumps. Pour on top of crust and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Scalloped Apples

- 8 apples, peeled, cored & diced (the chef used McIntosh)

- 1 cup Craisins

- 1 cup chopped walnuts

- 1/4 cup butter, cut into small cubes

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1/2 cup heavy cream

- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix all ingredients together and spread evenly into greased 13- by 9-inch baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.

Top with rolled oats and drizzle with maple syrup for a twist on apple crisp.

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