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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake



   The flavors of orange and vanilla are a match made in heaven. And (not so) shockingly I am not the only one who thinks so.  Pops loves creamsicles, so much so that my sister and her boyfriend got him a box as part of his Christmas gift!  There is just something so refreshing about the citrusy orange outside and the creamy vanilla center.  I like the popsicle version well enough, but that is not my favorite variation on the flavors.


   My maw-maw and paw-paw retired to Florida when I was relatively young.  We used to go down once a year to visit.  We'd hit up a theme park, spend some time on the beach and have an all around good time.  One of my favorite stops each trip was to one of the orange shacks.  They would sell fresh squeezed juice, plenty of delicious fruit and a few odds and ends.  But my favorite were the soft serve ice cream machines.  You could get vanilla ice cream or the soft serve version of orange sherbet.  But the best was the twist in the middle!  The creamy texture it takes to dispense properly out of an ice cream machine is a perfect way to have your oranges!!!  

   Of course it is impractical to have a soft serve machine installed in your house just to have such a treat.  Besides, it probably wouldn't be the same if you could have it all the time anyway.  Anything that is a once a year treat just has that much more magic.  We don't make it to Florida nearly as often as we used too.  In fact, it has been a few years since Matt and I went for a visit.  It is hard to coordinate time off and let's face it, travel with a toddler can get interesting!  



    So if a regular visit to Florida is out and installing the soft serve machine is out, there has to be something that brings that fun flavor home.  I decided it would be fun to do a cheesecake version.  Afterall, cheesecake is always a hit around here.  But with the warming temps, I didn't want to do a traditional cheesecake.  Plus, that sounded a little more dense and heavy that what I had in mind.  I wanted something that better replicated that fluffy soft ice cream.  Then inspiration struck!  What about airy no-bake cheesecake?  It would     This no bake cheesecake base fit the bill nicely.  It is part cheesecake, part whipped cream.   That makes for a perfectly fluffy texture and great vanilla flavor.  I originally thought about just whipping in some orange flavoring and calling it a day.  But, that doesn't replicate the two separate layers and part of the fun is having some bites taste more like orange and others more like vanilla.  So, I created and orange pudding instead.  Honestly, I was a little concerned about how that would turn out, but it worked great!  I can't wait to think of more ways to use it.  I think it would be really interesting in a trifle or parfait type of dessert.  Or heck, it would be great on it's own with a dollop of whipped cream!



   Either way, I was really happy with how the cheesecake turned out.  I didn't have to heat my kitchen and it didn't take long to make.  It was a perfectly fluffy and fun texture and the layers worked so well together.  K.C. doesn't really like cheesecake (I know, I don't know what happened to him!) but even he really liked it!  I meant to garnish it with some orange zest but forgot, maybe next time!

     And while I have your attention, did you know that Sunday Supper is hosting a food and wine conference in Orlando next month?  You should stop by the website and check out the details.  It sounds like it is going to be a blast!


Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake
makes 1 8" cheesecake

Ingredients:

Orange Pudding:

2 T corn starch
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup whole milk
4 T frozen orange juice concentrate
2 T butter

Crust:

7 oz ladyfingers
2 cups orange juice

Cheesecake:

16 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 T vanilla bean paste (or extract)
1 pint very cold cream

To make the pudding:

  1. In a large (preferably heavy bottomed) saucepan, whisk together the sugar and corn starch.  Add a tablespoon or two of cold milk and whisk until smooth.  Slowly add milk, whisking as you go so that there aren't any lumps.  
  2. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Continue stirring for a minute or two.  The pudding should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  
  3. Stir in the orange juice concentrate and butter.  Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, the refrigerate until ready to use.
To prepare the crust:

  1. Break each lady finger so that they are about the height of your 8" springform pan, or slightly longer so you can use more filling!
  2. Dip each piece of lady finger into orange juice.  Place the lady finger, sugar side out around the springform pan.  Use the short pieces to hold them up.  It's ok if the bottom isn't a solid crust, just do your best to spread it out evenly and make the outside sturdy and spread out the rest.
For the filling:

  1. Beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating on high for a couple of minutes. 
  2. Get the cream from the refrigerator and drizzle in while the mixer is still on high.  
  3. Once the cream is completely added, beat until smooth, creamy, airy and stiff enough to hold a peak.
Assembly:

  1. Spoon cream cheese mixture into crust and spread smooth.  Be sure to leave room for the pudding.
  2. Spread cooled pudding over cream cheese mixture and place in the refrigerator.
  3. Chill for at least an hour or up to a day or two.
  4. Serve cold. 







40 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. This sounds amazing! Creamsicles were one of my favorite treats as a kid, although sherbet was a close second! I've never tried a no-bake cheesecake before, it does sound awesome with temperatures getting warmer!

    Hope you have a great day Carlee! :-)

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    1. It is a very quick and easy way to make a dessert! I've made no bake cheesecakes a variety of ways and this is by far the quickest and easiest. It makes a very airy cheesecake, so the texture isn't like the baked kind. But you really get the cream cheese flavor and it is sturdy enough to hold its shape. I think it's a perfect way to enjoy cheesecake in the warm weather! Thanks, Jessica! Have a lovely day!

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    2. Carlee why in the world do you have the amounts OF THE ingredients needed in this recipe covered up
      Thanking you in Advance
      Grace

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    3. I'm so sorry about that! How are you viewing the page (on your computer, phone... etc.?) and what is it covered by? I've never heard anyone say that was happening before. In the mean time, if you click on the printable recipe link it will bring you to a google doc version of the recipe you should be able to see.

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  2. Wait....did you say Orange Creamsicle and Cheesecake in the same title!! This is AMAZING, beautiful, easy and oh so yummy sounding!! Great job Carlee, I am so pinning and trying this asap!!!

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    1. Isn't it fun?! Thank you so much, Andrea!

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  3. AH my boyfriend is going to die when I make this! Thanks!

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  4. Carlee - This sounds wonderful! The lightness of the texture, and the orange pudding, sound so great. Perfect spring time dessert.

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    1. Thank you! It is fun to have something your dream up turn out when you make it!

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  5. Wow Carlee, another wonderful cake recipe. I love that it is a no bake cheesecake. Yum. I pinned.
    Hope you have a nice day and weekend. :)
    Hugs, Julie xo

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  6. I am a huge cheese cake fan. This looks amazing!

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  7. I love cheesecake! And the orange sounds like a great twist. I'm pinning this one.

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  8. What a pretty cake! The lady finger cookies look lovely around the outside. An orange cheesecake sounds like a wonderful spring or summer celebration cake!

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    1. Thank you! We really enjoyed it's light bright flavor. It is fun to pivot to more spring and summery flavors and textures!

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  9. Oh yeh! I'm a huge creamsicle fan too. Such a lovely no bake dessert...thanks a million for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Have a super week ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! I hope you have a lovely week as well!

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  10. This looks delicious and like the perfect spring dessert! I mean, who doesn't like orange creamsicles! Thanks for linking up again this month to the Country Fair Blog Party!

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    1. Thanks, Val! I really loved your May Day baskets. What fun!

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  11. Oh my gosh, Carlee! This is like summer on a stick, only in a cheesecake! I love it! You're being featured on You Link It, We Make It tomorrow as one of our features! Thanks so much for linking up and have a great day! Kim - knockitoffkim.com

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    1. Ha! That sound about right ;-) Thank you so much!

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  12. This looks amazing Carlee!! Pinned!

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  13. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Miz Helen

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  14. Need suggestion. I live in Mexico, and no such thing here as "orange concentrate"..its just not available. What can I substitute?

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    1. Hmm. I didn't know the frozen orange juice concentrate was an American thing. You can use orange juice, but you may want to stir in some zest or supplement with some orange extract since the flavor won't be as concentrated.

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  15. Any suggestions on where to find lady fingers? Dying to make this. Thx.

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    1. It seems each store has them in a slightly different spot. I've seen them in the freezer section, in the refrigerator section and in the cookie aisle. I hope you are able to find them!

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  16. One more silly question...are they the hard or soft ones?

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    1. I used the hard one so they would soak up all that good orange juice flavor.

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    2. You're the best! I'll let you know how it turns out. Can't wait! Thanks for all the great recipes. You make me look like the kitchen diva!!!

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    3. Ha! Thank you, I'm anxious to hear how you like it!

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    4. I did it! It came out perfectly. Looked just like your picture. It was devoured in mere minutes. Took your advice and added orange zest to the top. Thx ever so much for a fabulous dessert! Making again for Memorial Day.....2 this time.

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    5. Yay!! I am so glad you loved it! I wish I was coming to your house for Memorial Day!

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  17. Just shoot me NOW! gRACIOUS, this looks positively lethal! THANK YOU!

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    1. Ha! Thank you. It is dangerous, but totally worth it!

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