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REC: Elegant Orange Blossom Cheesecake w/ Candied Orange Slices

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Posted to Thread #23816 at 3:58 pm on Feb 10, 2013

Elegant Orange Blossom Cheesecake
Submitted by: Sharon Delaney-Chronis
From Country Woman magazine--February/March, 2013

3 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 60 cookies)
2 tsp. plus 2 Tbsp. grated orange peel. divided
1/3 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup sliced fresh gingerroot
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
6 oz. white baking chocolate, melted
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten

3 cups water
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 small navel oranges. thinly sliced

1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy duty foil (about 18 in. square). Wrap foil securely around pan. (I used a 10" cheesecake pan, greased with melted butter, wrapped first in a large sized Reynolds baking bag and then double foil over that.)
2. In a large bowl, combine crumbs, 2 tsp. orange peel and butter. Press onto bottom and 2 in. up sides of prepared pan.
3. In a large saucepan,combine orange juice and ginger; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until syrupy and reduced to about 3 Tbsp. Strain; discard ginger.
4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in ginger syrup, melted chocolate, vanilla extract and
remaining orange peel. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 70-80 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath; remove foil. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes ..Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen cake; cool 1 hour longer.
Refrigerate overnight.

6. For candied orange slices, in a large skillet, combine water and sugar. Cook and stir over' medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Add orange slices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 45 minutes or until translucent. Drain oranges on a wire rack; arrange in a single layer on waxed paper to dry.
7. Remove sides of pan. Top cheesecake with candied orange slices. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

Caryn's NOTES:
1) For 2 cheesecakes I used about 2-1/4 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice and 2/3 cup of peeled and thinly sliced gingerroot. It took about 2 hours to boil down to the 6 Tbsp needed to make 2 cheesecakes.
2) For baking, I followed my former Cook's Illustrated bain de marie instructions--posted somewhere in detail in some other cheesecake recipe I've listed on this site.
3) For candied orange slices I used 2 large skillets and split the water-sugar mixture between them and put the slices of one orange into each skillet.


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