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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Marmalade Glazed Orange Cheese Cake



Now that the election is over and it's time indeed to move on....can we all just .......Have a nice dessert?? and maybe some coffee, regardless of your political persuasion and just chill out???  That's a rhetorical question and I already fear the answer....but I am going to post a peaceful, time out dessert for a nice afternoon for you to offer as a peace offering for your friends who may have a different political opinion from yours...Marmalade Glazed Orange Cheese Cake.

This showpiece cheesecake celebrates one of this time of year's brightest gifts: the orange. It is exceptionally rich and creamy-tasting, but lower in saturated fat than a traditional cheesecake. The secret is to replace most of the cream cheese with pureed cottage cheese. Be sure to let the food processor do its job and process the cottage cheese until it has a silky texture. I'm not a big cheesecake eater, but even I liked this.


INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 20 : vanilla snaps or wafers (see Ingredient note)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • 2 1/2 cup(s) low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
  • 12 ounce(s) reduced-fat cream cheese (not nonfat), cut into pieces
  • 2/3 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup(s) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup(s) cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup(s) nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 4 teaspoon(s) freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoon(s) orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon(s) orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoon(s) orange liqueur or orange juice
  • Mint sprigs
DIRECTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Put a kettle of water on to boil for the water bath. Wrap the outside of the pan with a double thickness of foil.
  2. To prepare crust: Grind vanilla snaps in a food processor. Add oil and process until the crumbs are moistened. Press crumbs evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. To prepare filling: Puree cottage cheese in a food processor (use a clean workbowl) until smooth, scraping down the sides once or twice. Add cream cheese, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Process until very smooth. Add egg, egg whites, yogurt, orange zest, orange juice, and vanilla; process until smooth. Pour over the crust.
  4. Place the cheesecake in a shallow roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come 1/2 inch up the outside of the springform pan. Bake until the edges are set but the center still jiggles when the pan is tapped, 50 to 60 minutes.
  5. Turn off the oven. Spray a knife with cooking spray and run it around the inside edge of the pan. Let the cheesecake stand in the oven, with the door ajar, for 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and remove the foil. Refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled, about 2 hours.
  6. To glaze and garnish cheesecake: Shortly before serving, combine marmalade and orange liqueur (or juice) in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. Place cheesecake on a serving platter and remove pan sides. Brush glaze over the top of the cheesecake. Make a slit in each orange slice, then twist and wrap it into a rosette. Garnish cheesecake with the orange rosettes and mint.
(Don't Sweat The) Tips & Techniques:

 Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Ingredient Note: To avoid trans fats, look for wafers without hydrogenated canola oil, such as My-Del Vanilla Snaps (found in natural-foods stores and large supermarkets).





Have a cup of coffee with this!


Enjoy, Eat and drink well my friends!

3 comments:

Yvonne Anderson said...

This looks delish!

DBH said...

Keith, this looks sooo good!

Vanessa said...

Well damn, there goes my diet! LOL!


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1. Use a "refrigerator thermometer" to keep your food stored at a safe temperature (below 40 degrees fahrenheit).

Cold temperatures slow the growth of bacteria. Ensuring that your refrigerator temperature stays at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of food-borne illness. You can buy a refrigerator/freezer thermometer at appliance stories, home centers (i.e. Home Depot), and kitchen stores including online ones, such as Cooking.com.

2. Defrost food in the refrigerator, the microwave, or in cold water... never on the counter!

Perishable foods should never be thawed on the counter for longer than two hours because, while the center of the food may remain frozen, the outer surface may enter the Danger Zone, the range of temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees fahrenheit, in which bacteria multiply rapidly. If you’re short on time, use the microwave or you can thaw meat and poultry in airtight packaging in cold water. Change the water every half-hour so it stays cold and use the thawed food immediately.

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Bacteria from uncooked meat, poultry, and fish can contaminate cooked foods and fresh produce. An important way to reduce this risk is to use separate cutting boards for raw meat/poultry/ fish, and cooked foods/fresh produce.

4. Always cook meat to proper temperatures, using a calibrated instant-read thermometer to make sure.

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* Beef, veal, and lamb (steaks and roasts), fish - 145 degrees fahrenheit

* Pork and ground beef - 160 degrees fahrenheit

* Poultry - 165 degrees fahrenheit.

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