I had to walk an extra mile this morning just to walk off the yummy deliciousness that I consumed this weekend. But let me tell you, it was worth every single step.
I discovered this recipe last fall when I was looking for some kind of apple dessert. Well, wouldn't you know that my girl, Paula, would come through with a winner. I just love Paula, don't you?
Just the name of this recipe, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping, tells you it's pretty much a perfect recipe. I mean, who doesn't like Caramel anything? And Apples? Can't beat 'em for a fall dessert. And then there's Cheesecake--pretty much a perfect dessert any way you look at it. In bar form. And Streusel--I love anything with a streusel topping, don't you?
Yep, now that I've analyzed it, I'd have to say that this is pretty much a perfect dessert. If there were any way to work chocolate into it, it would be even more perfect, but that's O.K. We wouldn't want to mess with it too much and end up with a pile of gloppy mess that is anything less than perfection.
And so, in honor of Fall, which arrives today or tomorrow (I can't ever remember), and in honor of my sister, Jenn, who told me I needed more pictures on my blog, I give you Paula's recipe for Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping.
First, you make the base layer. It's pretty much a shortbread that you bake for 10 minutes.
Once that's done, you add your cheesecake layer.
Then some apples tossed with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Yum!
And then add the streusel layer. Bliss!
Bake it all in the oven, then drizzle caramel topping over the whole thing. It will look like this.
And if you can even hold yourself back from taking a fork to the entire pan, cut yourself a nice piece and enjoy. With a tall glass of cold milk.
Then go walk an extra mile.
(Note: You can download and print Paula's recipe HERE. It's just so much easier to do it that way than to have me type it all out.)