It’s been a brutally cold and very snowy winter so far. On days when the weather’s too unpleasant to venture out for long, I love to curl up on the couch with a hot drink and a stack of inspiring cookbooks. Aimée Wimbush-Bourque’s book Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites is one of my new favorites.

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In addition to being a friend of mine, Aimée is a very talented cook and writer and an urban homesteading aficianado. She is the editor of Simple Bites, a family-oriented whole foods blog, and she lives in Canada with her husband and 3 young kids. Brown Eggs and Jam Jars is her first cookbook and it’s really a gem: the seasonally-arranged recipes are at both imaginative and comforting, the photos are vibrant and inviting, and the writing is warm and engaging. So far I’ve made the Toasted Oat and Cocoa Smoothies, the Mexican Hot Cocoa, and the Citrus Cheesecake you see here: they’ve all been wonderful.

Now let’s talk about this cheesecake :)

Citrus Cheesecake from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Cheesecake is something I love but I don’t make it often. In fact, I cannot recall the last time I made one. But my mom and stepdad were coming to visit last weekend and I figured it would be nice to have this in the refrigerator to nibble on while they were here. It was!

Citrus Cheesecake from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Aimée’s headnote for this recipe states that she makes it for all manner of events- from baby showers to birthdays- and honestly, it’s so good that I may do the same in the future. Aimée suggests varying the toppings depending on the season and she shares some great ideas for whole fruits, jams, and syrups to use as accompaniments in the book. I had some Cara Cara oranges on hand so I decided to decorate the cheesecake with those.

Citrus Cheesecake from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Aimée recommends making the cheesecake the day before you want to serve it as it benefits from an overnight chill. This cheesecake will keep for about 4 days if you wrap it well. Be sure to store it in the refrigerator.

Recipe for Citrus Cheesecake

Yield: 8-12 servings

Aimee's recipe says to bake the cheesecake in a 9-inch springform, but I used an 8-inch one. This meant the cheesecake took longer to bake, and it was quite tall.

Ingredients:

For the crust:
*1 1/4 cups (300 mL) graham cracker crumbs
*2 tablespoons (30 mL) raw cane sugar
*1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
*3 packages (8 ounces/250 g each) cream cheese, at room temperature
*3/4 cup (175 mL) raw cane sugar
*1/3 cup (75 mL) sour cream
*Zest and juice of one lemon, scrubbed
*Zest and juice of one orange, scrubbed
*5 large eggs, room temperature

For the topping:
*1 1/2 cups (375 mL) sour cream
*1/4 cup (60 mL) raw cane sugar
*1 lemon, scrubbed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

2. Make the crust:
In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter and mix with a spatula until butter is evenly distributed. Dump into a nine-inch spring-form pan. Shake the pan to distribute the damp crumbs evenly, and then pack down well. Bake crust for 8 to 10 minutes until slightly golden. Cool.

3. For the filling:
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add sour cream, citrus zest and citrus juice. Mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, combining after each addition, but not too vigorously. Pour filling over crumb crust.

4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. The cheesecake will have puffed significantly and the middle will still be slightly jiggly. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. The cake will sink as it cools.

5. Make the topping:
Combine sour cream and sugar together in a small bowl. Zest the lemon into the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons (30 mL) lemon juice. Stir well.

6. Pour lemon topping over the warm cheesecake and let stand for half an hour at room temperature. Cover cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

7. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and lift off the sides of the pan. If desired, slip a sharp knife under the crust and slide the cheesecake off the base and onto a cake stand or serving platter. Garnish cheesecake with sliced clementines (I used Cara Cara orange slices), pomegranate seeds, a spoonful of blueberry butter or preserved peaches.

Recipe shared with permission from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque.

Citrus Cheesecake from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

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46 Comments

  1. 1

    Crystal Allen — February 11, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

    My favorite winter dessert is chopped bananas, melted chocolate chips with marshmallow drizzled on top.

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    Liz — February 11, 2015 @ 1:46 pm

    I’m in love with the Meyer lemon yogurt cake I made this week.

  3. 3

    Suzannah — February 11, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

    Hmmm…. apple cake. Lemon zucchini bread.

  4. 4

    Sami — February 11, 2015 @ 3:05 pm

    I have never thought of cheesecake as a winter dessert, but now I’m thinking about it…and I like it a lot!

  5. 5

    Ingrid — February 11, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

    Fresh out of the oven, gooey, fudgy brownies.

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    Chris — February 11, 2015 @ 6:23 pm

    That Citrus cheesecake looks fabulous!

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    Vaishali — February 11, 2015 @ 6:50 pm

    Indian Carrot pudding

  8. 8

    June Burns — February 11, 2015 @ 9:07 pm

    I always have a fondness for warm winter flavors in cakes :)

  9. 9

    cat — February 12, 2015 @ 12:33 am

    warm fudgey brownies

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    Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) — February 12, 2015 @ 4:50 am

    This is on my list for this weekend, I think! There were so many recipes to choose from but now I have seen this it’s going to the top of the list!

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    Jamescry — February 12, 2015 @ 7:05 am

    I appreciate your work for making such wonderful Cake. Sure, I will try it on this valentine day for someone :)

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    Emily S. — February 12, 2015 @ 8:59 am

    We have always been a cheesecake family, my dad makes them, I make them and now my nephew (10) is making them as well! I will say that I’ve never thought of them as a winter dessert, we always made them year-round. My favorite winter dessert would have to be cookies and hot chocolate. I love snuggling up with a good book/movie, a mug of chocolate and a plate of cookies!

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    Janet T — February 12, 2015 @ 9:08 am

    My favorite winter dessert is any type of homemade pudding.

  14. 14

    ali — February 12, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    warm fudgy chocolate brownies…..

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    Lyn — February 12, 2015 @ 9:52 am

    Because I just made it again: My Apple Butter Cake, made with Apple Butter and a couple of grated apples. Very moist and heavy – great for cold weather eating. Recipe on my website: PreservingNow.com

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    Caroline — February 12, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    something with citrus works well in the winter so this cheesecake is perfect.

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    aryss — February 12, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    I love seasonal cooking!

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    Nicole — February 12, 2015 @ 11:46 am

    Looks amazing!

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    kristi Griggs — February 12, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    mayonnaise cake!

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    Anna W — February 12, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    Chocolate and beets cake, any time of the year!!

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    Sandra Lea — February 12, 2015 @ 1:28 pm

    This looks beautiful, can’t wait to try it.

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    Dana — February 12, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

    I love gingersnaps in the colder months. The spiciness seems to warm me up.

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    Susan — February 12, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

    The cheese cake sounds wonderful, but oh, how I wish you’d chosen to post the toasted oats and cocoa smoothie… That’s something I would definitely make. The cookbook sounds great.

  24. 24

    Susan — February 12, 2015 @ 1:49 pm

    I don’t have a favorite winter dessert because I do desserts extremely rarely.

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    Annie — February 12, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    My favorite winter desert is a cookie hot from the oven. I also love warm milk with vanilla, cinnamon and honey to go with it.

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    Dorothea — February 12, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

    Favorite winter dessert is a warm Blackberry Cobbler served with a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream and a hot, steaming cup of coffee!

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    Amanda — February 12, 2015 @ 6:33 pm

    Any form of custard, panna cotta, or brulee.

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    Cheri — February 13, 2015 @ 1:30 am

    I love the intense flavor of ginger pear cake!

  29. 29

    itzia — February 13, 2015 @ 5:11 pm

    cheesecake is a favorite of mine.

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    Teressa K — February 13, 2015 @ 11:27 pm

    Peach cobbler with a little whipped cream served warm.

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    Tyneisha — February 13, 2015 @ 11:42 pm

    I love classic apple pie!

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    Dana S — February 14, 2015 @ 8:38 am

    baked apples with a touch of maple syrup and lots of cinnamon

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    Ceshini — February 14, 2015 @ 9:45 am

    It seems silly and simple, but I love ice cream…anytime of the year!

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    Carolsue — February 15, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

    Apple pie is my favorite winter dessert (with ice cream)

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    Darla — February 15, 2015 @ 8:28 pm

    I like citrus fruit for a light change of pace.

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    shaunie — February 15, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

    My favorite winter dessert is pecan pie

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    Vera K — February 16, 2015 @ 8:59 am

    My favorite winter dessert is warm apple pie.

  38. 38

    Lauren — February 16, 2015 @ 3:29 pm

    I like apple crisp.

  39. 39

    Bethany — February 16, 2015 @ 4:31 pm

    My favorite winter dessert is citrus olive oil cake. Yum!

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    Fran — February 17, 2015 @ 10:16 am

    Apple pie or a fruit cobbler (warm of course)

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    Teena — February 17, 2015 @ 3:42 pm

    My favorite winter dessert is any sort of fruit crisp!

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    Mary — February 17, 2015 @ 8:42 pm

    Cheesecake for me please!

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    Jennifer Krivanek — February 17, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    No favorite, too many to choose from! this looks amazing, as does her new cookbook!

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    Petra — February 28, 2015 @ 1:57 pm

    Looks fantastic, the first photo is so simple yet elegant! I’m the perfect example of a cheesecake addict, but coming originally from Slovakia we simply didn’t have all those patisseries full of “honest”, home-made desserts that look like art. And then, arriving to Canada, they were just everywhere around…crazy! Now I’m proud to recommend my favourite places here in Vancouver to everyone, haha! SweetNom Bakery, Breka or Uprising Breads and all here are just some of the best places to get the best dessert in Vancouver. I especially love their white raspberry cheesecake and pumpkin cheesecake and I think you would find here some inspiration, too!

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    Tama — September 13, 2015 @ 2:31 pm

    It’s look so nice and very soft. I will try for dessert.