Welcome coffee lovers!
Indulging in the perfect cup of steaming hot coffee at the start of the day is a must for most of us. As we all know, coffee has been an integral part of our lives and its magic never ceases to amaze us. That’s why I’m excited to share with you a coffee-flavored dessert recipe that will take your love for coffee to the next level – Orange Espresso Cheesecake Recipe.
This delicacy is perfect for those who need an early morning kick in their taste buds or relaxing dessert when craving for something sweet. This divine recipe merges the flavors of zesty oranges and rich espresso, with a creamy cheesecake base to make it all come together. Trust me when I say this that you won’t be able to resist this orange espresso cheesecake once you’ve tried it.
Whether you’re having it as an after-dinner treat or having friends over for tea, this cheesecake recipe will undoubtedly become your go-to dessert on every occasion.
So, are you ready to whip up some magic with me? Then let’s grab our aprons and get started!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a coffee lover and a fan of cheesecake, then this Orange Espresso Cheesecake recipe will satisfy your cravings in the best way possible. This cheesecake blends two classic flavors of chocolate and orange with the strong and bold taste of espresso to create a delicious and unique dessert that everyone will love.
This recipe has the power to transport you right into a cozy café setting, where the comforting aroma of coffee fills the air with a subtle hint of cinnamon. With every bite, you can taste the harmony between the tangy orange and robust espresso flavors, complementing each other perfectly without overpowering one another.
Not only does this Orange Espresso Cheesecake recipe offer an explosion of flavors in every bite, but it is also simple to make. The crust is made from graham cracker crumbs and melted butter, while the creamy filling is made from light cream cheese, sugar, eggs, light sour cream, instant espresso powder, and orange zest. To top it off, there’s even an indulgent chocolate ganache!
Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or simply want to treat yourself to something special, this cheesecake is perfect for any occasion. It’s easy to make ahead of time and can be stored in the fridge until ready to eat. Additionally, this recipe can be easily customized by adding some whipped cream or even topping it with some chocolate-covered coffee beans.
In summary, this Orange Espresso Cheesecake has all the elements that make it irresistible – a perfect blend of rich flavors, simplicity in preparation, versatility in serving options and unlimited opportunities for customization – making it impossible not to love. Trust me; your dessert table will never be complete without this crowd-pleasing masterpiece!
Here’s what you’ll need to make the fantastic orange espresso cheesecake.
For the crust:
- 1 and 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
- 3 packages (8 oz each).of light cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder or instant coffee granules
- 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons of freshly brewed espresso, cooled
- 2 tablespoons.of Grand Marnier or orange juice
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of grated orange zest
For the topping:
- Whipped cream, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and thinly sliced oranges can be used for garnishing.
Note: You can use a store-bought graham cracker crust instead of making your own. Also, for a gluten-free option, you can use gluten-free graham crackers instead of regular ones.
The Recipe How-To
Espresso and Orange Cheesecake Recipe
Preparation Time: 25 minutes\
Baking Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes\
Chilling Time: 4 hours or overnight
Making an espresso and orange cheesecake might sound intimidating, but with my step-by-step instructions, you will whip up a delicious dessert that will impress your family and guests.
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3 packages (24 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
- Zest of one orange
- Juice of one orange
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (optional)
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- Light sour cream for topping (optional)
Step 1: Preheat oven
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Step 2: Make the crust
In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter until well combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Step 3: Make the cheesecake batter
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, instant espresso powder, orange zest and juice, and Grand Marnier if using. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Add in the eggs one at a time beating well between each addition.
Step 4: Bake the cheesecake
Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Tap gently to level out any air bubbles. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until set but still slightly jiggly in the center. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool inside for about an hour, then transfer to the fridge to chill for at least four hours or overnight.
Step 5: Add topping (optional)
Once the cheesecake has chilled, top with light sour cream and decorate with zest of orange and chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Step 6: Serve
Run a knife along the edge of the cheesecake before removing from the springform pan. Slice and serve!
Enjoy your delightful orange espresso cheesecake, which will be perfect after dinner or as a sweet snack with a smooth latte.
Substitutions and Variations
One of the great things about making cheesecake is how versatile it can be. You can switch up ingredients, try out different crusts and toppings, and experiment to create a customized dessert that suits your tastes.
Here are some substitutions and variations you can try with this orange espresso cheesecake recipe:
– Crust: Instead of graham cracker crumbs, you can use crushed Biscoff cookies or an Oreo crust for a chocolatey twist. You could also add ground cinnamon to the crust mix for a warm, spiced flavor.
– Espresso Powder: If you don’t have instant espresso powder on hand, you can use instant coffee granules instead. For a hazelnut twist, try adding some ground hazelnuts to the crust and using hazelnut flavored instant espresso powder in the filling.
– Orange flavor: To intensify the orange flavor, substitute 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier for an equal amount of heavy cream in the filling. You could also try adding some orange zest to the filling or using an orange mascarpone cheese in place of the light cream cheese.
– Chocolate espresso: If you love chocolate as much as coffee, you can incorporate more of it into your cheesecake by drizzling chocolate ganache over the top or swirling melted dark chocolate into the filling before baking.
– No-bake: If you prefer not to heat up the oven, you could make a no-bake version of this cheesecake by chilling it in the fridge instead of baking it. Simply mix all of the filling ingredients together and pour it into a prepared crust made from ground nuts, crumbled cookies or pretzels mixed with melted butter. Top with whipped cream and chocolate covered coffee beans for an extra special touch.
Whichever variation(s) you choose to create, make sure you adjust quantities accordingly and taste-test as you go to ensure your cheesecake turns out just right!
Serving and Pairing
Now that you have made this exquisite orange espresso cheesecake, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it. First off, let me say that this dessert is perfect on its own. You can serve slices of it as a dazzling stand-alone after-dinner treat.
However, you can also pair the cheesecake with some delicious beverages to make your guests’ tasting experience even more delightful. My personal recommendation for pairing is a cup of hot coffee, preferably espresso or any brewed coffee with a splash of orange liqueur. The bitterness of the espresso complements the sweetness of the dessert perfectly. Additionally, adding a splash of Grand Marnier or Cointreau into the drink is an excellent touch too!
For those who prefer a less bitter drink, you may want to try tea or milk to balance out the flavors. A nice pot of Earl Grey tea will complement the citrus notes in your cheesecake. You could also opt for a tall glass of cold milk, which will complement your rich and creamy dessert nicely.
A final suggestion would be to add some extra toppings. Whipped cream or a dusting of cocoa powder would add a lovely burst of freshness and color to your dish. Chocolate-covered coffee beans or some fresh orange slices are also excellent toppings that would bring together all the natural flavors in this cheesecake.
So, go ahead and experiment with different serving options until you find what works best for you! Just remember to enjoy it in moderation (or not!).
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
For those who like to plan ahead, the orange espresso cheesecake recipe can be made a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. This allows the different flavors to meld together and gives the crust time to set perfectly.
When storing the cheesecake, cover it loosely with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. To ensure maximum freshness, it’s best to consume the cheesecake within 3-4 days after baking.
If you don’t want to eat the whole cheesecake at once, you can also portion it into individual slices and store them in airtight containers in the freezer for up to three months. Simply thaw and serve whenever you’re ready for a delicious treat.
Reheating the cheesecake is not recommended as it may cause the texture and flavor to change. However, you can enjoy it chilled or at room temperature.
As with any cheesecake, it’s important to allow it to come to room temperature before serving. This allows it to fully develop its rich flavors and creamy texture. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate-covered coffee beans for some extra indulgence.
Overall, this recipe is perfect for entertaining, special occasions or simply enjoying as a decadent dessert. With its delightful blend of oranges and espresso, creamy cheesecake filling, crumbly graham cracker crust, it’s sure to impress even those who claim not to have a sweet tooth!
Tips for Perfect Results
To achieve a perfect Orange Espresso Cheesecake, follow these essential tips.
One of the key ingredients in this recipe is espresso powder. Be sure to use high-quality espresso powder for the best results. You can also use instant coffee granules as a substitute.
When beating the cream cheese and sugar together, take your time to make sure they are thoroughly combined. The mixture should be smooth and creamy with no lumps.
When adding the eggs to the mixture, do not overbeat. Overbeating your mixture can lead to a dense and heavy cheesecake. Beat the eggs lightly, just enough to combine them with the cream cheese mixture.
To prevent cracks on the surface of the cheesecake while baking, it is important to bake it in a water bath. This ensures that the cheesecake bakes evenly and slowly. All you need is to wrap aluminum foil around the bottom of your pan before adding water so that none leaks into your pan.
Before serving, make sure your cheesecake is fully chilled, at least 4 hours in the fridge or overnight. This will enhance its flavor and ensure it sets properly.
For an added touch of sweetness and crunchiness, garnish your Orange Espresso Cheesecake with chocolate-covered coffee beans. They complement perfectly with this recipe and add an extra layer of texture.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative with coffee-flavored variations! Experiment with toppings such as whipped cream or sprinkling cinnamon or orange powder over the top for additional flavors.
Follow these tips for a perfect Orange Espresso Cheesecake every time – A dessert that will be highly appreciated by everyone!
In conclusion, the Orange Espresso Cheesecake recipe is a must-try for all coffee and cheesecake lovers out there. This delicious dessert offers a unique combination of flavors that will surely awaken your taste buds. It’s perfect for special occasions or just as a treat for yourself.
With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, anyone can make this recipe right at home. And with the various substitutions and variations provided, you can make it your own and experiment with different flavors.
So why not give this recipe a try? Impress your friends and family with this delectable Orange Espresso Cheesecake. Trust me, they won’t regret it. Indulge in the creamy, orange-infused filling, chocolatey espresso ganache, and buttery graham cracker crust. You won’t be able to resist!
In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring the soul to the recipe.” So bring your soul to this Orange Espresso Cheesecake recipe and enjoy!
Orange Espresso Cheesecake Recipe
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 -8 ounces light cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup light sour cream
- 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
- 4 chocolate-covered coffee beans (optional)
- Combine cracker crumbs, butter and sugar; press onto bottom of greased 10-inch sprinform pan. Center pan on piece of foil; press foil to side of pan. Bake in 325F oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.
- Filing: in large bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar; beat in flour. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in sour cream.
- In separate bowl, stir together espresso powder, orange rind and juice and cinnamon; stir into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust.
- Set pan in larger pan; pour in enough hot water to come 1-inch up sides. Bake in 325F oven for about 50 minutes or until top is set and no longer jiggly in center. Turn oven off. Quickly run knife around cake. Let stand in oven for 1 hour.
- Remove from larger pan and remove foil; let cool completely on rack.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.
- Garnish: sprinkle orange rind over cake; arrange chocolate-covered coffee beans (if using) around edge.
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