My Aunt Ruth was an amazing cook and classy woman. When I was young, I wanted to grow up and be like her. She worked at the local newspaper, when a working woman wasn’t a common thing. Working her way up to Editor.
To be honest I don’t know what she was the editor for in the paper. And now that she’s gone, I regret not spending more time with her as I got older.
She and my Uncle never had children. I know it had something to with a medical condition. So they did dote on my sisters and I. But mostly they doted on each other. And that was so awesome to see and be around.
One of the things I remember most, was having dinner at their house when we went down home to visit. In the winter, she would always make the best cheesecakes. My favorite was the Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. I don’t know how she kept them warm up until dessert time, but it was the best way to have them. They weren’t out of the oven hot. But they were absolutely perfectly warm!
Luckily we were able to get her recipe before she left us.
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butter softened
2 8oz packages of cream cheese softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Red Delicious Apples, peeled and finely chopped
(without the core)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup Oatmeal
½ cup butter, softened
Vanilla Ice cream
Preheat oven to 350° F
Line a 9×9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
1. In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar thoroughly
2. Add the butter and blend until mixture is somewhat crumbly.
3. Press the mixture into the square baking pan.
4. Bake for 15minutes or until crust is lightly brown.
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ½ sugar and cream cheese and vanilla until mixture is smooth.
2. Add the eggs one at a time to ensure mixture is combined thoroughly.
3. Pour over the warm crust.
4. Place in the fridge while you mix the Upper Crust and Streusel topping.
1. Mix all the dry ingredients together, the brown sugar, flour and oats until thoroughly combined.
2. Add the softened butter and combine until mixture is crumbly.
Note: I’ve used cooking oats instead of oatmeal and it comes out nicely, but it looses some of the texture I grew to love from my Aunt’s version. But it’s an optional choice.
1. In a medium bowl stir 2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, mix thoroughly.
2. Add the chopped apples and blend by hand until all the apples are coated and mixed with dry ingredients.
3. Remove the pan with the crust and cream cheese from the fridge.
4. Spoon the upper crust evenly over the cream cheese filling.
Try not to “spread” the upper crust so as not to push it down into the filling.
Use small spoonfuls to cover the filling as much as possible.
5. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the upper crust.
6. Bake 30minutes or until filling is set.
1. Remove from the oven and allow dessert to cool for 10 to 15minutes before serving.
2. Cut into squares; 3 rows of 3 columns
3. Top each individual square with caramel topping.
4. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream (also topped with caramel).