Cheesecake of the Month – May 2016!

Here’s another cheesecake that does not require baking (aside from the crust).  And with the approach of summer, this is a simple, fresh, and citrusy recipe that is sure to please.

Orange Bliss Cheesecake

Ingredients

1 cup of chocolate wafer crumbs
3 Tablespoons of butter, melted
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
3 packages (8 ounces each) of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of heavy whipping cream, whipped
1 Tablespoon of grated orange peel
Mini chocolate chips and and sliced orange wedges for the garnish (optional)

Directions
1.  Combine the crumbs and the butter and press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9″ springform pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and cool.

2.  In a saucepan, combine the orange juice and gelatin and let stand for 5 minutes.  Cook and stir over low heat until the gelatin has dissolved.  Cool for 10 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy; gradually add the gelatin mixture.  Beat on low speed until well mixed and chill until partially set (about 3 minutes — watch this closely as the mixture will set up quickly).

4.  Gently fold in the whipped cream and orange peel and spoon into the crust.  Chill for 6 hours or overnight.  Just before serving run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen.  Remove the pan and garnish with the chocolate chips and orange wedges if desired.

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