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Mary Anne Artman's Apple Praline Cheesecake

Third-place winner

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (14-ounce) can condensed milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 apples, peeled and sliced (use Mackintosh, Jonathan, Cortland or any all-purpose apple)
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup whole shelled pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup whipping cream

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Make a crust with graham cracker crumbs, butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Press into bottom of an 8-inch springform pan.

Mix cream cheese, condensed milk, eggs, vanilla and lemon juice with electric mixer until fluffy. Pour into crust and bake 55 minutes. Cool.

To make topping, fry apple slices in hot oil until tender. Arrange on top of cooled cheesecake. Sprinkle pecans around apple slices. In a small pan combine brown sugar and whipping cream and cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Pour over entire cake.

Thursday, October 28, 1999

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