"Ambrosia Cheescake"

As promised, my favorite cheesecake recipe. This is the recipe from Southern Living (see post below). Absolutely “just the best” and a “must serve” if you love cheescake, coconut and orange curd! I have added my changes/additions in []. Enjoy and bon appetit!


AMBROSIA CHEESECAKE
Makes 12 servings
Pre: 30 Min: Bake 1 Hr. 8 Min.Chill: 8 Hours

1 1/2 cups almond shortbread cookie crumbs (about 12 cookies)
[I also use KeeblerSandies Almond Shortbread]
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened [I only use Philadelphia Brand]
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 (14-ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups Fresh Orange Curd
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted (optional)
[optional: my addition: 1 cup sliced almonds toasted]

CRUST

STIR together first 3 ingredients; press mixture into bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.
BAKE at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool.

CHEESECAKE

BEAT cream cheese, eggs, and 1 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in 14-ounce package coconut and vanilla. Pourinto prepared crust.BAKE at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool completely on a wire rack.

COVER and chill 8 hours.
Release sides of springform pan, and place cheesecake on serving platter or cake stand.
Spread Fresh Orange Curd evenly over top.
Sprinkle 1 cup toasted coconut around outer edge of top.
Sprinkle 1 cup toasted sliced almonds around outer edge on top.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

ORANGE CURD
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups fresh orange juice
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon grated orange rind

COMBINE sugar and cornstarch in a 3-quart saucepan; gradually whisk in freshorange juice. Whisk in lightly beaten eggs. Bring to a boil (5 to 6minutes) over medium heat, whisking constantly.

COOK, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture reaches apudding-like thickness. Remove from heat, and whisk in butter and gratedorange rind. Cover, placing plastic wrap directly on curd, chill 8 hours.

P.S. This is beautiful at Christmas with a poinsettia posed in the top middle (plastic or silk one of course)!

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2 thoughts on “"Ambrosia Cheescake"

  1. Shannon October 29, 2006 at 2:35 pm Reply

    MMMMM sounds wonderful. One I will have to knock out when I have company!

  2. Shannon October 29, 2006 at 2:36 pm Reply

    MMMMM sounds wonderful. One I will have to knock out when I have company!

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