Paula’s Cheesecake Baked Apples

As we are coming upon the end of apple season here in Canada, other parts of the world are right in the middle of enjoying this beautiful harvest. Nothing screams FALL to me more than delicious apple desserts. Apple pie, apple crisp, candy apples. But have you ever tried Cheesecake Baked Apples?

My speciality when it comes to desserts are cheesecakes because my husband loves them so much. But oddly enough, I am not a huge fan of cheesecake. So I have to find inventive ways for us to both enjoy this dessert.

This past weekend, I decided to head up to Forsythe Farms located just north of Toronto in this tiny town at 1025 Cragg Road, Greenbank, Ontario.

My nephew could play in the pumpkin patch while I shopped in the market. This recipe doesn’t call for many ingredients and apples were the only thing I had to go out and purchase because everything else was in my fridge or pantry at home. I promise, this is super easy.

Cheesecake Baked Apples

– 3-4 small gala apples
– 1 stick of unsalted butter
– 1 package of cream cheese(at room temperature)
– 1/4 cup icing sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 tbsp brown sugar
– 1/3 cup of quick oats
– 1/2 cup plain flour
– 1 tsp of cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the tops off of the apples. Next core out the seeds and the middle to make a dome in the centre. Set aside. Combine butter, cinnamon and brown sugar and heat. Once butter is melted brush the inside and outside of the apples until well coated. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

While the apples are baking, add the oats and flour to the remaining butter mixture. This will create a crumble. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, whip cream cheese, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth. Once the apples have baked, put a teaspoon of the crumble in each apple, following with a hefty amount of cream cheese filling. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Top the apples with remaining crumble mixture and serve warm.

A simple yet rich dessert you can enjoy any time during apple season.

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Paula O'Farrell

Maple syrup…I put that sauce on everything.

Just kidding, almost everything.

As a small town Canadian girl living just outside of Toronto, I had the pleasure of eating good country meals and city fine dining all of my life. On top of that, I was also brought up in an Italian household full of vegetable farmers. So it only made sense that at the ripe old age of 10 I would march into the kitchen and shock my mom and Nona with my decision to become a vegetarian.

Don’t worry, I now eat seafood here and there because sushi is life. My Nona was a fantastic cook and my inspiration in the kitchen. She taught me everything there is to know about cooking which led me to try out for MasterChef Canada. Although I didn’t make it all the way, I made it far enough in the competition to make my little heart happy with my accomplishment. Now, I love going on road trips to the city, or up north to find the best food trucks, dives or beautiful restaurants by the water.

I still love to cook and not just vegetarian food. C’mon, I live in the land of Canadian bacon, how could I deprive my husband of such deliciousness? I’m so totally stoked to be on this food ride with you guys and can’t wait to see what the future brings!

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