Creamy Goat Cheesecake with Spiced Apples

creamy goat cheesecake topped with apples and fruit

It’s almost fall! And that means Apple Picking and Cider and Oktoberfest…well, at least every year prior to 2020. Thanks Covid-19!

Anyway, one of my favorite fall activities is going to a good German Oktoberfest. It brings me back to the days when my Nonny and Pop would bring my sister and I along to their polka dances almost every weekend. (Yes, little known fact about myself – I know how to polka!) My grandparents love live to polka dance!

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A large cheesecake with two smaller ones on a table with apples and figs.

Oktoberfest

Because of them, I too love the music. It’s happy, bouncy and just a lot of fun. Some of my best memories are with my grandparents going to dances all around NJ and Pennsylvania chasing their favorite bands, eating too much kielbasa and working it off on the dance floor. Now I jump at the chance to go to a good Oktoberfest with steins of beer, a polka band and lots of fun with my family.

Two small cheesecakes on a sheet pan with fruit

Besides my beloved Oktoberfest season, September in the Garden State also means apples! And loads of them. That means lots of apple cider donuts, pie, hot cider and my take on a creamy goat cheesecake topped with spiced apples and golden raisins to bring on those autumn vibes.

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Creamy Goat Cheesecake with Spiced Apples

I first designed this recipe for the fall menu at White Birch and it was instantly popular. The cheesecake is made with a bit of fresh goat cheese, which gives it some tang but stays nice and creamy. At the time, we were working with a local dairy farm, Valley Shepherd Creamery who provided the fresh goat cheese. Getting it from a local farmer makes all the difference. The cheese is not too dry, it’s tangy and the perfect texture for this cake. If you can, buy local! It will be best on all fronts.

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The crust is made with graham crackers, ground pistachios and a nice helping of melted butter. Stay tuned for an upcoming recipe for graham crackers, that will make all the difference! For now, you can use the store bought stuff. You then top it with a nice compote of cinnamon, apples and golden raisins. Garnish with apple batons, fresh figs and blackberries for an elegant and delightful fall cake.

A large and small creamy goat cheesecake with apples and figs on a table with ribbon

I’ll live vicariously through this cake this year and get my Oktoberfest fix in 2021 when the world can (hopefully) see a bit more normalcy.

Until then, Prost!

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Creamy Goat Cheesecake with Spiced Apples, Golden Raisins and Pistachios


  • Author: Melissa-Smith
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 or 9 inch cake 1x

Description

This cheesecake is perfect for an after dinner bite in the fall. Made with a pistachio graham cracker crust, filled with goat cheese filling and topped with an apple and golden raisin compote. Makes an 8 or 9 inch cake.


Ingredients

Scale

pistachio graham crust

  • 206g grahams
  • 50g pistachio
  • 1/2c 10x sugar
  • 148g melted butter
  • 1/4t salt

goat cheesecake filling

  • 16 oz cream cheese 
  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 1/2c+2T vanilla sugar 
  • 14.5oz sour cream
  • 5 eggs

spiced apple and golden raisin compote

  • 1 apple, diced into 1/2in cubes
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • ¼ vanilla bean
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 3.5 oz sugar syrup

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a springform pan with parchment and spray with Pam.

pistachio graham crust

  1. Separately, grind up the grahams and pistachios in a food processor to a fine crumb. 
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and pour in melted butter. Mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Using your hands and the back of a measuring cup, press the crumbs into the pan, making an even layer along the bottom and 1″ up the sides. Set aside.

goat cheesecake filling

  1. Using a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, goat cheese and vanilla sugar until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure there are no lumps.
  2. Add in sour cream, scraping sides of the bowl.
  3. Add in eggs one by one, scraping and beating between each addition. You want a nice smooth batter with no lumps.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until only the center jiggles when the pan shakes. Chill before removing from the pan.

spiced apple and golden raisin compote

  1. Combine all liquid ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the apples and cook to translucent at a simmer, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the apples from the liquid and chill separately. Once cooled, combine the sauce with the apples and pour over the top of the cheesecake.

Notes

Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl when mixing up the cheesecake to ensure a smooth even batter. Bake only until just jiggly in the center. If you bake it too long, the cheesecake will curdle and be grainy. Garnish with fresh apple batons, figs and blackberries. The crust can be made without pistachios for a nut free option. Just substitute the equal amount of grahams.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cheesecake, dessert, recipe, fall recipe, goat cheese, apples, pistachios

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  1. So excited to take a class with you this Fall! 🙂 everything looks so delicious.

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