Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

There’s a reason I drink wine. It’s the same reason I go for walks and listen to the same comforting records over and over again. It’s the reason I lose myself  in perfecting cinnamon bread recipes and hide little slices of  blood orange cheesecake in the back of the fridge. 

Kids. The reason is kids. 

Let me be clear: Mothering is the honor of my life. It’s full of surprises and joy and tears burning in the corners of your eyes because you didn’t know a tiny person could make you laugh so hard. It’s rich and life-giving, and I wouldn’t trade these days for all of the long legs, designer handbags, and front row tickets to Hamilton that the world has to offer. 

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

But there’s also endless laundry. There’s sassy toddlers who spend a week’s worth of dinners in time out. There’s blueberries smashed in the seat cushions and about one million questions that start with “Why?” and end with absolutely nothing of importance. This work that we do, Mothers- this beautiful, repetitive, insanity-inducing joy of our lives- is quite often a literal and proverbial poop show, and you’ll never guess who gets the backstage pass to the whole thing. 

Yup. It’s the same person who shoves peas into chubby cheeks and clips microscopic toenails. It’s the person who loses their last French fry to a quick-handed toddler. It’s the gal who sorts through the trash to find the various remotes, sippy cups, and shoes that someone “hid” in the garbage can. A mother’s list of responsibilities is only outmatched by the number of tears they wipe and tantrums they tame, and we somehow trick ourselves into signing up for it again and again and again.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Brett and I recently started talking about the potential of growing our family in the distant future. Sometimes the thought of taking on one more human makes me absolutely choke on my own spit. If I have to listen to one more person whining at the dinner table, I will face-plant in my plate of spaghetti. But still, there are intangibles to mothering that make it irresistible.

Like sometimes I watch my two children from afar as if the whole thing is happening in slow-motion, black and white. I see little faces wrinkled with smiles, heads thrown back with laughter. They move wildly, chasing each other around the kingdom of our backyard like they could run anywhere in the world. Suddenly, they turn. We lock eyes, and no sooner than a whispered “Mama” unfurls in the wind, they’re running towards me- arms open and voices shrieking into a knock-you-over kind of embrace. The exchange we make for all of the broken dishes and dirty socks is suddenly worth it, because there is nothing quite as remarkable as the sound of little voices whispering your name. There is nothing like the chance to be loved back.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.comBlood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

So yes, motherhood is hard. I don’t know if it gets easier, but while we wait to find out, let’s indulge in simple luxuries. Like this blood orange cheesecake. 

This recipe was adapted from a blog favorite, my Meyer lemon cheesecake. You guys go crazy for that thang, so I knew I had to create more cheesy, citrusy goodness. The result is this head-turning, creamsicle-colored blood orange beauty that is sure to beat the pants off of any other dessert in your fridge.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

To make it, we start with the crust. Crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, and cinnamon are mixed together to soak up a pool of melted butter. Press the mixture into a 9″ springform pan and bake it in the oven while you get started on the filling.

Cream cheese and sugar are creamed together until light and fluffy. Next come a few eggs, some heavy cream, and the blood orange juice and zest. Take care to not overwork your batter, and be sure to incorporate all of the little bits of cheese and zest. No one wants a clumpy cheesecake. Bake the whole thing in the oven until jiggly but set around the outer edges.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

I like to take a few precautions with my cheesecake. First, I always prepare a water bath. This will ensure that my cheesecake bakes evenly and avoids any major cracks in its top. Second, I triple layer the aluminum foil around my pan to ensure that no water leaks into my pan. Even supposed “leak-free” pans have sprung a leak, and I promise, nothing is more demoralizing and wasting all of your precious blood oranges on a soggy cheesecake. And finally, I let my cheesecakes cool in phases to prevent any major structural damage. This includes a brief stint in a hot, but turned off, oven, a rest on the counter, and a long chill in the fridge.

This blood orange cheesecake is sweet and tart, a brilliant ode to that stunning winter fruit. Pick up a bag of blood oranges at your market and give this recipe a try! I hope y’all have a great end to your week.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this blood orange cheesecake, you should try:

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce

Orange Cardamom Rolls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

 

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Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

This blood orange cheesecake is a sweet and tart, creamy dessert with a cinnamon-spiced graham cracker crust. Learn how to make a successful cheesecake here!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 10 sheets (150 gm) honey graham crackers, crumbled finely
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (75 gm) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, melted

 

For the cheesecake:

  • 1-1/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (155 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • ¼ cup  (60 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) of blood orange juice (about the juice of 3-4 blood oranges)
  • 2 teaspoons grated blood orange zest, avoiding the pith

 

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until set.

 

To prepare the cheesecake

  1. Keep the oven preheated and get some water boiling in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the heavy cream, vanilla, blood orange juice, and zest. Beat just to combine.
  4. Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the prebaked crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  5. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  6. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  7. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.

 

To prepare the topping:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream in it becomes frothy and thick. Add the sugar and beat to medium stiff peaks. Spread over top of the cooled cheesecake and serve!

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.

 

 

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  • Madelyn Gaulding
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    This was fantastic! I used a bit of mascarpone instead of all cream cheese, it was so good, also, I swapped the whipped topping for a blood orange caramel sauce, which was fairly quick, highly recommended if you want to take the indulgence level up a notch. Also, love your righting, reminds me as a newly formed adult woman, that there is always someone to light the way as I experience these things myself. 🙂

    April 3, 2018 at 3:01 PM
  • This cheesecake is actual perfection. I think I need more cheesecake in my life, after seeing this.
    Also, you are such a real, rockstar of a mom. Someday, whenever I decide to have some little ones of my own, I’m gonna keep your words in mind! xx

    March 6, 2018 at 9:52 AM
  • Copyscyl
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    thanks for hosting. xo- maryjo

    March 5, 2018 at 8:53 AM
  • Vicki
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    This looks like a beautiful recipe. I am going to add ricotta instead big heavy cream as I make a lemon bar cheesecake with ricotta and it gives a lovely texture. I recently froze some blood orange zest and juice and I now know what’s going to happen with it! I can also relate to your story, I have a 5 and 2 year old.

    March 4, 2018 at 5:58 AM
  • Your photos are gorgeous!
    I really need to go on this mission to find some blood oranges I’m seeing them everywhere and have never tried a fresh one!
    I love your honesty in your experience of motherhood, I have no kids, not yet, maybe none, who knows, but I enjoyed reading what you shared.

    March 1, 2018 at 8:51 PM
  • I’ve been following you on Instagram for awhile but this is first time I actually clicked over and I did not expect you to have put to words my life 🙌 Beautiful images, of course and a great recipe but thoroughly enjoyed all the content. And let me tell you, my own parenting experience is that each stage has it’s own special challenges and rewards. Unfortunately with 4 and 8 year old sons and a 15 year old daughter I may be smack dab in the middle of the storm 😬

    March 1, 2018 at 6:12 PM
  • Amy Lewis
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    This is the story of every mother’s heart and these photos are the images in every woman’s dreams! Love!

    March 1, 2018 at 5:50 PM
  • Elaine
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    Not only are your recipes brilliant, I look forward to your writing about your everyday life! You get things across so beautifully. We’ve all experienced what you just said, but you put it into words. Thank you.

    March 1, 2018 at 8:51 AM
  • Beth Kelley
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    I am going to the store right now to buy ingredients to make this!! By the way, you can write, Girl. Really good writing, something we don’t see often enough in blogs. Keep it up and I’ll keep reading and baking your recipes😋

    March 1, 2018 at 8:41 AM

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