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Instant Pot Apple Cheesecake

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My Instant Pot Apple Cheesecake makes a perfect fall dessert recipe! I mean – I can eat cheesecake all year long, and this is just one of the many reasons why.

One day when at the grocery store, I saw an apple cheesecake on display (the kind you buy from a bakery) and began to think how amazing it would be if I could make one myself! So, after reading up on various recipes, I decided to make my own version of an apple cheesecake.

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The first time I made this recipe with my family, they could not stop eating it! It ended up having to spend two whole days in our refrigerator before someone else got their hands on it so we could have some leftovers!

This recipe has quickly become one of my most favorite desserts to make in our pressure cooker (Instant Pot)! Angela and Stephen both love cheesecake so much, and since I love all the fall flavors this apple cheesecake recipe was a winner all the way around.

After testing this recipe a few times with my family (I know what a hardship it is for them!) I decided that it was time to share it with all of my loyal readers! Have I told you lately how much I appreciate each and everyone of you?

instant pot apple cheesecake asa whole cheesecake

Don’t worry, the Instant Pot really keeps this cheesecake from becoming difficult to make. I love the Instant Pot because there is no need to worry about water baths, and cracking.

This cheesecake can be made in your pressure cooker, and by the end of this article you will know how to do it yourself!

Frequently Asked Questions About Instant Pot Apple Cheesecake

What kind of apples should I use?

Typically, I use a combination of Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples. You can even toss in some sliced pears to add more flavor! Granny Smith apples really hold up great in this delicious dessert recipe.

What size pressure cooker should I use?

You will need at least a 6 quart pressure cooker. I’ve tested this recipe in both the 6 qt. and 8 qt. Instant Pot, it works wonderfully either way!

What size springform pan should I use?

I like using a 7 inch diameter springform pan for this recipe (just as pictured). 7 inch springform pans will fit in both a 6 quart and 8 quart pressure cooker.

Why put buttermilk in your Instant Pot apple cheesecake?

Adding buttermilk to a cheesecake is what helps give it the creamy texture. The acids that naturally occur in buttermilk help keep our cheesecakes soft, and fresh while helping them to last longer as well!

instant pot apple cheesecake as with a rustic plate and cinnamon sticks

How can I tell if an Instant Pot cheesecake is done?

The best way to check and see if a cheesecake cooked in the Instant Pot is done, is by checking the internal temperature. An instant pot cheesecake is done when the internal temperature reads 140 – 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don’t worry if your cheesecake still has a small amount of jiggle in the center. As long as it reaches the correct temperature the rest will sit up after chilling.

instant pot apple cheesecake as a whole cheesecake on dark background

Instant Pot Apple Cheesecake 

Graham Crackers: You can crush your own graham crackers or you can purchase pre-crushed graham crackers on the baking aisle near the pie crusts.

Apples: Fresh apples granny smiths are a great baking apple because of the firmness. Red delicious will become a little softer than granny smith apples.

Buttermilk: Buttermilk makes your cheesecake have a creamy texture. It is okay to substitute with sour cream instead.

instant pot apple cheesecake inprocess step by step directions collage

 How To Make 

  1. Prepare 7 inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  3. Press firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 7 inch springform pan.
  4. Stir apple slices, sugar and cinnamon together.
  5. Arrange them on the crust.
  6. Using a stand or handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until it gets creamy. Add buttermilk (or sour cream) and egg, do not over whisk, just until it’s blended.
  7. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the apples.
  8. Add 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot and place trivet inside.
  9. Cook at high pressure for 26 minutes.
  10. After natural release, remove cheesecake immediately to prevent over cooking.
  11. Let it cool down at room temperature then place it in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  12. Decorate it with heavy cream and caramel sauce.
Instant Pot Apple Cheesecake
Yield: 1

Instant Pot Apple Cheesecake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes

My Instant Pot Apple Cheesecake makes the perfect fall dessert that's bursting flavors cinnamon and apples!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham crackers
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large apple or 2 medium sized apples (Granny Smith or Red Apple)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk (can be replaced with sour cream)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Prepare 7 inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 1/2 tsp
    cinnamon.
  3. Press firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 7 inch
    springform pan.
  4. Stir apple slices, sugar and cinnamon together.
  5. Arrange them on the crust.
  6. Using a stand or handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese and
    sugar until it gets creamy.
  7. Add buttermilk (or sour cream) and egg, do not over whisk,
    just until it’s blended.
  8. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the apples.
  9. Add 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot and place trivet
    inside.
  10. Cook at high pressure for 26 minutes.
  11. After natural release, remove cheesecake immediately to
    prevent over cooking.
  12. Let it cool down at room temperature then place it in
    refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  13. Decorate it with heavy cream and caramel sauce.

Notes

  • Make sure your ingredients are room temperature.
  • Use a sling for easy removal of your cheesecake.
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