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Kardea Brown's Big Apple Crumb Cheesecake | Delicious Miss Brown | Food Network

Kardea Brown's Big Apple Crumb Cheesecake | Delicious Miss Brown | Food Network

Check out that caramel drizzle alll over Kardea’s cheesecake with an apple crumb topping!

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Kardea Brown shares down-home, Southern recipes from her South Carolina kitchen. The cook and caterer was born and raised on the sea islands of Charleston, the heart of all Southern cooking, and learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. These days, she takes generations of family recipes and makes them her own as she cooks for family and friends at her Sea Island home.

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Big Apple Crumb Cheesecake
Level: Intermediate
Total: 5 hr 10 min (includes cooling and chilling time)
Active: 45 min
Yield: 8 to 10 servings


Graham Crust:
Nonstick cooking spray, for the pan
15 graham crackers (or 2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs)
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Apple Crumb Topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tart apple, peeled, cored and diced

Cheesecake Filling:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch kosher salt
Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
3 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Store-bought caramel sauce, for serving


For the graham crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

Add the graham crackers to a food processor and pulse until fine, then add the brown sugar and salt and pulse until well combined. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir until the mixture resembles damp sand. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared springform pan in an even layer. Bake the crust until firm, about 10 minutes, then let cool.

For the apple crumb topping: Stir together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle in the butter and stir until the mixture resembles wet sand, using your hands to form some clumps. Fold in the diced apple.

For the cheesecake filling: Stir together the granulated sugar, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl. Pulse together the cream cheese and sour cream in a food processor until smooth. With the processor running, add the sugar mixture 1/2 cup at a time until the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs and yolk one at a time, pulsing until well combined, then add the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the processor and giving it another pulse to make sure everything is incorporated. Pour the cheesecake filling over the top of the graham cracker crust.

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the filling. Bake the cheesecake until it is mostly set but still has a bit of a jiggle in the center, 60 to 70 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the oven door slightly open for 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature, about another hour, then refrigerate for 1 hour more. Run a paring knife around the outside before unmolding and slicing. Serve drizzled with the caramel sauce.

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Maricel Paguntalan on October 10, 2020


Rery Malek on October 10, 2020

Hi first

Laura Gianfranceschi on October 10, 2020

This recipe look so good can't wait to try this recipe.

Allen Trice on October 10, 2020

Thanks for the recipe by you, Kardea Brown! I hope my mom likes it too! 🍎🍏🍰🍎🍏🍰🍎🍏🍰

JuicyCurls on October 10, 2020

She's so pretty her makeup is always flawless 😍

Carol Turner on October 10, 2020

That looks so good. I have to do it 😋

Eleni Stamatakis on October 10, 2020

I'm so glad I have found you
U are awesome
So simple ,like the good old days
Not like those new
People that they act professional with
Ml,grams,lt and so on thank u for the
Apple cramp cheesecake
Thanksgiving it will be on my table

jigafez on October 10, 2020

Mmmmm Hmmmmm

JRR31984 on October 10, 2020

LEGIT. A multi bite. SPEAK.

Passion for food on October 10, 2020

I thought I had this super cheesy cake joke for you guys…

Turns out it was just a little crummy.

Julian Davenport on October 10, 2020

Cheese cake is good like cherries instead of apples but I would eat that and eat that

OkoMan on October 10, 2020

Kardea has been a great addition to the Food Network! I can't wait to try this recipe.

Yellowlover94 on October 10, 2020

She’s getting more into her groove these recipes from her just keep getting better!!!

Heidi D on October 10, 2020

Kardea, that looks sooo impressive. Hopefully, by thanksgiving, I can put out a holiday dessert table that will include this recipe.
It looks mad delicious! And you make it look so easy to prepare.
Question: Do the apples get tender? Thank you!

Drew Conway on October 10, 2020

Is the butter salted or unsalted? Since she added salt I’m assuming it’s unsalted, but would be nice to know for sure. How about the recipe for the drizzle at the end?

Ardiris on October 10, 2020

I just want to fry up that topping in a hot skillet!!

Carolyn Weaver on October 10, 2020

I love cheesecake. I saw this episode on tv and I was wondering if I do not have all purpose flour can I use self rising

Billionaire Billy on October 10, 2020

It looks delicious

Always Blessed on October 10, 2020

That looks AMAZING!!😍😋

Francis Agosh on October 10, 2020

I think I am in Love.

Cooking with Riz Gee on October 10, 2020

Really good delicious I will try this

Rae Peronneau on October 10, 2020

Oh my. That looks delicious!

49ers_red_and_gold on October 10, 2020

Looking delicious 😋 😍 🤤

rudeboymon on October 10, 2020

Didn't think cheesecake could get better till now 😋

Brenda Small on October 11, 2020

Looks delicious!!!

Cooking with Zahra on October 11, 2020

Love from Pakistani…..for pakistani Recipe hit like

Kaian凯安 on October 11, 2020

I thought she was saying "gram crackers", but it's actually "Graham crackers", right? I think those are just American. What can you use if you're from anywhere else?

CobraEatz on October 11, 2020

Would be perfect for Canadian t giving

Nikki Lyne on October 13, 2020

That looks so good

Veena Katwaroo on October 17, 2020

Love her cooking !! nice recipes.

Joanne Sincere on November 15, 2020

I can't wait to bake this! Your recipes are amazing!

Chantel Shepherd on December 13, 2020

That looks good asl……. I gotta try this.

Alicia Nicole on January 5, 2021

Just found out about her she's amazing great add to the food network ✨👑✨

April Truss on March 15, 2021

Kardea do u nd a lil sis bcuz I can b urs 🥰🥰🥰

Jerel Wright on March 28, 2021

I’m gonna make this for Easter

the delbhoy on March 30, 2021

ooohhh my lord

cathy ryan on March 31, 2021

I made his cheese cake!! DYNAMITE!! <3

Nene G. on August 10, 2021


Pamela Singer on October 23, 2021

Love it girl!!!

rahul rathod on November 16, 2021


justmegan on November 24, 2021

Baking this tomorrow for Thanksgiving!! It looks amazing

Aaron Mohammed on February 1, 2022


DumpDeezy on February 26, 2022

Sht look good denna mf bull

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