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Chocolate Orange Almond Cheesecake

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Servings: Serves 12

Cook Time: 540 minutes

Prep Time: 35 minutes


Chocolate Orange Almond Cheesecake
12 oz Yogurt, vanilla, whole milk
1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup Unsalted butter, melted
16 oz Cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoon Flour
1 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Almond extract
1 tablespoon Fresh orange peel, zested
3 each Egg
3 oz Semisweet chocolate
1 oz Almonds, sliced
1 each Candy, chocolate, shavings, svg


1. Strain the yogurt. Line a strainer or colander with a double layer of cheesecloth (available in the gadgets aisle) or with a coffee filter. Place strainer over a bowl and let strain for an hour and a half. The liquid whey will drain, leaving a thickened yogurt; there should be 1/3 to 2/3 cup (works with both amounts). Set aside. This may be prepared in advance; keep it refrigerated.
2. Preheat oven to 325 F. In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and partially up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Set pan on a baking sheet and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together cream cheese, flour, and sugar until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in thickened vanilla yogurt, almond extract, and orange zest. Add eggs one at a time, beating gently after each addition.
4. Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler, or microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir until smooth. Stir about 1 cup cream cheese mixture into melted chocolate. Pour remaining cream cheese mixture on top of crust in prepared pan, then pour chocolate mixture on top and swirl with a knife to marble. Set baking sheet and pan in middle of oven and bake at 325 F for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until cheesecake is set; surface may crack.
5.Remove from oven and run a knife around edge of cheesecake to separate it from pan. Cool completely, then cover and chill at least 6 hours or overnight.
6. Garnish sides where there's no crust with sliced almonds, if desired. Sprinkle additional sliced almonds and chocolate curls on top.
Suggestions: Use Hannaford graham cracker crumbs (about 5 whole crackers, crushed) and Hannaford regular cream cheese. May garnish with chocolate curls and sliced almonds.
Fresh Magazine, March - April 2008

Nutritional Information

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate Less Than 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Less Than 25g 30g
Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 12
Base Nutrients
Calories 353 kcal (17%)
Calories from Fat 270 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 30 g (46%)
Saturated Fat 21 g (105%)
Cholesterol 108 mg (36%)
Sodium 211 mg (8%)
Total Carbohydrates 40 g (13%)
Dietary Fiber 6 g (24%)
Protein 15 g (25%)
Vitamin A 708 IU (14%)
Vitamin C 2 mg (3%)
Calcium 112 mg (2%)
Iron 12 mg (20%)

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