Apple Pie Cheesecake

This guy is my granddad, and he had a birthday this week:

Apple pie cheesecake

And boy, was it a great day! We had a tasty lunch at Five Loaves in Summerville then headed to Coastal Coffee to grab coffee to go with our homemade apple pie cheesecake.

Apple pie cheesecake

The food, the service, the ambiance were all fabulous, really, 5 stars all around in both places. And because it was so great I could pause to appreciate the company I was with, and that really is priceless.

Apple pie cheesecake

Without further ado, here’s a classic fall cheesecake to make and share with the people who matter most to you:

Crust

2 cups crushed cinnamon graham crackers

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling

3 eight ounce packages cream cheese

1 1/3 cups sugar

3 eggs, room temp

1/4 cup apple cider

1 tablespoon Poudre Douce

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping

2 cups sour cream

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Glaze

1 cup apple cider

1 egg yolk

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons Poudre Douce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup Craisins

For crust:  Preheat oven to 350 F.

Butter 9 inch springform pan. Blend crumbs and melted butter in a bowl. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of buttered pan. Bake 5 minutes. Cool.

For filling: Keep oven at 350 F.

Using mixer beat cream cheese until soft, gradually blend in sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in cider, poudre douce, and vanilla. Pour into crust. Bake until slightly puffed, about 40 mins.

For topping: Oven should still be at 350 F.

Blend all ingredients in a small bowl. Spread on top of the cake. Bake 15 minutes; topping will not look set. Cool 30 minutes.

For glaze:

Combine cider and yolk in heavy saucepan. Stir in sugar, cornstarch, poudre douce, and salt. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes. Add butter and Craisins and stir until butter melts. Cool glaze for 20 minutes.

Spread glaze on cake. Cool completely. Refrigerate until well chilled, this cake is best made a day or two in advance!

Grad your friends and family and serve cold with a fresh pot of coffee and good conversation.

Apple pie cheesecake

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

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London Broil

Let’s just take a minute and talk about what dreams are made of.

(Uh, a meat eater’s dreams, definitely not a vegetarian’s dreams.)

Like this luscious London broil from Solo Verdi Meats:

Solo Verdi London broil

I’m not usually one to salivate over a bloody hunk of meat. In fact if you asked me what kind of meat I love I’d tell you I like brussels sprouts.

But this was really good.

Solo Verdi London broil

Here’s how you make it happen:

1.) Go to the farmers market.

2.) Find the person who’s selling pasture raised or grass-fed beef and get yourself some.

3.) If you’re at the Charleston, Summerville, or Mount Pleasant farmers market, find your favorite spice dealer and buy some Cocoa Nib Rub or the blend of your choice. (If you’re not from around Charleston that’s okay you can still get your spice blends HERE.)

4.) The night before you plan on grilling your meat, cover it with your spice blend, place it in the fridge and let it become the piece of deliciousness it was meant to be.

5.) After you grill it to perfection the next day, remove it from the heat, cover it, and let it sit a little while longer. If it’s a really good piece of grass-fed meat then it just needs a little while longer to truly be as tasty as it can be. We let ours rest for an hour while we assembled the other part of our meal, stuffed baked potatoes.

6.) After twenty minutes to an hour, slice it up and enjoy!!

Solo Verdi London broil

Have a great weekend!!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.