For the best taste, let the flavors develop by covering and chilling the cheesecake at least 4 hours before serving. A sprig of white currants adds a festive touch.
Preheat oven to 325F. Spray 8-inch springform baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
To make Crust: Mix all ingredients in bowl, and press onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool. Leave oven on.
To make Filling: Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla on medium speed until well blended. Blend in eggs one at a time. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with rubber spatula, and pour mixture over crust.
To make Topping: Put sliced apples in bowl, and toss with cinnamon and sugar. Spoon apple mixture over filling, and sprinkle top with pecans.
Bake 1 1/4 hours, or until center is set. Let cheesecake cool before removing it from springform pan.
Transfer cheesecake to serving plate. Dust top lightly with confectioners’ sugar before serving.