Citrus Cheesecake + A Giveaway

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.

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Citrus Cheesecake from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Aimée’s publisher has generously agreed to send a copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars to one of my readers. For a chance to win a copy of the book, please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will be open through Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 12:00 am and is open to readers in the US only. Thanks and good luck!

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Recipe for Citrus Cheesecake

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.
Servings: 8 -12 servings

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

Instructions

  • 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.

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46 thoughts on “Citrus Cheesecake + A Giveaway”

  1. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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