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Award Winning Autumn Apple Cheesecake

Northbrook resident and of Our Lady of the Brook Parish, Roxanne Barto was named the best apple dessert baker in all of Northbrook at the Apple Dessert Baking Contest held at Shermerfest in September.

Cosponsored by the Northbrook Historical Society, the contest proved fun, entertaining and delicious! Barto won with her Autumn Apple Cheesecake recipe. She received a $100 gift certificate to Prairie Grass Cafe.

Congratulations to all who participated! You'll find Barto's winning recipe and more photos at

½ cup butter
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
a cup sugar

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla

4 cups thinly sliced apples
a cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup sliced almonds

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla; blend in flour. Spread dough up sides of 8- inch spring-form pan.

Combine filling ingredients; pour into pastry.

Toss apples, sugar, cinnamon and layer over cheese mixture. Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake at 450º for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 400 º, bake another 25 minutes. Cool before serving. Enjoy!

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipe
Apple Cranberry Crisp

Use firm cooking apples for making apple crisp— Golden Delicious, Baldwin, Jonathan, Braeburn, or Jonagold. These apples will hold their shape during baking, so you do not end up with something that looks like applesauce.
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup old-fashioned oatmeal
3 tablespoons each, granulated sugar and brown sugar (packed)
¼ teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg
3 tablespoons chilled butter or margarine cut into small pieces
4 cups peeled diced apples (about 4 medium)
3 tablespoons apple juice or cider
½ cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly coat 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, until well blended.

Cut in chilled butter using a pastry blender or clean fingers until the mixture is crumbly.

Place the apple in prepared dish. Drizzle with cider. Sprinkle cranberries over apples. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over apples.

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Yield 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 160 calories, 4g Total Fat, 10mg cholesterol 25g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 2g protein

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