“Because you don’t live near a bakery doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.” Hedy Lamarr
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I am going to be honest here and say it: I am not a fan of cheesecake. I don’t know why, but I just never swayed toward it. There was something about cream cheese and cake that just didn’t appeal to me. Even my (many) meals at The Cheesecake Factory ended sans a cheesecake!
So why this post, you ask? Well, I chanced upon a brick of the yummiest Philadelphia Cream Cheese and I had to make something out of it… and there is only so much cream cheese with toast my love handles can afford… not that the cheesecake would have been any better… I used some for the stuffed lychees, but there was still a lot left over.
This cheesecake does not require any oven baking, has a few simple steps and you can customize the flavours. As you probably can tell by now I have a slight obsession with orange zest – this cheesecake is overloaded with it! The filling is extremely light and fluffy and has a creamy consistency. The orange and lime zest plays beautifully against the heat of the crystallised ginger and the light cream filling. The crust is also spiked with the ginger and citrus zest.
Since I still don’t exactly LOVE cheesecake, I make a thinner layer of cream filling than normally acceptable; but for real cheesecake lovers, I recommend doubling the filling amount.
Since I lean more on the fruity-tarts side, I top the cheesecake with some grilled oranges in butter, sugar and vanilla and grated crystallised ginger. You can also sprinkle some toasted coconut for a real tropical feel.