Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Triple Citrus Cheesecake

I had a serious craving for cheesecake the other day, so I checked out the cookingwithphilly.ca website for some ideas.  I absolutely love citrus desserts, so this recipe quickly made it to the top of my 'recipes to try' list! I modified it a little bit, and it turned out unbelievably delicious.

I was surprised at how easy it actually was to make a cheesecake, it had always seemed like such a daunting task.

While mine did have a crack along the edge, I think it turned out pretty amazing! I love how you can see the different citrus zest's in the cheesecake.

One thing that I did (which was recommended on the cookingwithphilly.ca site) is to put a 13" x 9" pan half full of hot water below the sprinform pan.  I think this helped keep a moist environment in the oven and reduced my chance of having major cracks develop on the surface of my cheesecake.

Triple Citrus Cheesecake

  • 1 1/4 cups oreo crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 packages of cream cheese (250 grams each)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Juice of 1 lemons, 1 limes, and 1 oranges
  • Zest of 2 lemons, 2 limes, and 2 oranges
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Mix together the oreo crumbs and the melted butter
  3. Press the oreo crumb mixture onto the bottom of a pan, using your hands or a glass to press it down
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth
  5. Add the eggs to the cream cheese mixture, one at a time
  6. Add the citrus juices and zest's, and mix them in carefully (you do not want to introduce too much air into the batter)
  7. Pour into the pan, and smooth to create a flat surface
  8. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes (the cheesecake will be done when a small circle in the middle of the cake still looks soft)
  9. As soon as the cake is removed from the oven, run a butter knife along the edge to separate it from the pan
  10. Let cool for 45 - 60 minutes before removing the rim of the pan
  11. Place in your refrigerator for 4 hours (minimum) to fully cool and set
  12. Garnish with whatever you like! Berries, chocolate, fruit slices, anything!
  13. Enjoy!

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