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Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

This orange cheesecake is made in stages. First, there is a vanilla wafer crust, then a creamy, orange-flavored filling, then a delicious orange gelatin topping. Finally, an orange sauce is poured over the top of the cheesecake and it is left to set.

You have the choice of chilling this orange creamsicle cheesecake or freezing it. It is just as good served frozen as chilled, so it is up to you, which you prefer. If you freeze it, the drizzled sauce will become hard so you might like to freeze individual portions so the sauce drips down the side. It just looks better that way.

This is quite an unusual looking cheesecake and you can make it in a square tin if you like, so you can cut rectangular cheesecake bars. The crust is very pale, nearly white in fact, because of the vanilla wafers. If you want to, you can use crushed meringues as well as the vanilla wafers. The creamy filling is made with cream cheese, cream, eggs, and vanilla. Fresh orange is added to this orange cream cheesecake too, to give it a delicious tangy flavor. The topping is made with orange gelatin and pieces of fresh orange.

Refreshing Orange Cheesecake with Vanilla
Summary: Orange and vanilla combine in this fantastic orange creamsicle cheesecake recipe, so you can experience a fruity, creamy, sweet appeal in every single delicious mouthful.
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 orange, no skin, or white pith
  • 1 package orange gelatin
  • 1 cups boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish
  • Orange zest, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9 inch spring form pan.
  2. Combine the vanilla wafer crumbs with ¼ cup of the sugar and stir in the melted butter.
  3. Press this mixture on to the base of the pan and freeze it until you are ready to add the filling.
  4. Beat the cream cheese with the egg yolks, vanilla, and ¾ cup of the sugar.
  5. Beat the egg whites, and then fold them into the egg yolk mixture.
  6. Beat the cream into stiff peaks, and then fold it into the cheesecake batter.
  7. Chop the orange flesh into small pieces, ensure all the skin and white bits have been removed, and then stir half of it into the batter.
  8. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pan and freeze it for 4 hours.
  9. Stir the gelatin into the boiling water and keep stirring until it all dissolves.
  10. Stir in the cold water, and then let the gelatin thicken up a bit.
  11. Stir the rest of the chopped orange flesh into the orange gelatin, then pour it over the frozen cheesecake and leave it to set in the refrigerator.
  12. Combine the cornstarch with the remaining ⅓ cup of white sugar.
  13. Stir in the orange juice and turn the heat up to medium.
  14. Bring the mixture to a low boil, stirring it all the time until it is clear and thick.
  15. Let the sauce cool, and then drizzle it over the cheesecake.
  16. Keep the cheesecake in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.
  17. Garnish each serving with some strips of orange peel and a sprig of fresh mint.

Photo Description:

If you like orange vanilla cheesecake recipes, orange blossom cheesecake recipes, or creamsicle pies, you are really going to enjoy this delicious orange cheesecake. The combination of a vanilla wafer crust, creamy filling, and orange gelatin topping is finished off beautifully with a homemade orange sauce. This is a very attractive dessert and you will find it light, airy, and refreshing. This cheesecake is equally good frozen or chilled so why not try it both ways to see which you prefer? The fresh orange used in this cheesecake recipe gives it a fresh tangy taste and shows that it is obviously homemade.
 
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