Mini Orange No-Bake Cheesecake with Gooey Almond Crust

 

Spring has arrived and here in Atlanta, it feels like summer is upon us.  With that in mind, I wanted to create a recipe that was cool and refreshing and wouldn’t use the oven for too long.  If you are a cheesecake lover like I am, I want you to know that a no-bake cheesecake has a very different texture than a regular cheesecake.  The combination of unflavored gelatin and lack of eggs creates a very velvety yet light texture.  One taste tester said it was almost like a mousse or firm custard.  I decided to use a pan by USA Pan Company that makes 6 mini cheesecakes, but I think you could easily use a traditional spring form pan.  I would recommend an 8″ pan to ensure the crust and cheesecake filling are thick enough.  I also decided to go non-traditional with my crust.  Normally I would do some type of graham cracker crust but for this recipe I decided to try out a gooey almond meringue crust and I have to tell you, it has become an absolute favorite!!

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Piña Colada Cheesecake in a jar!

 

To say that I have a deep love for cheesecake would be the understatement of the century! If I had to pick my favorite savory food I would be right there with Carmi and say “pasta, pasta, and more pasta”. But take me to any restaurant and if cheesecake is on the menu, you can bet your last dollar that I will be ordering it. I even had cheesecake for my wedding cake. A 5 layer, beautifully decorated masterpiece that fed 350 people. I told you my love was deep.

When I set out to create this post I wanted to do something new and different as far as flavor goes. I can’t say I’ve found a cheesecake flavor I didn’t like and I’ve made several different kinds over the years. Still, being summertime here in Georgia, I wanted to do something bright in flavor. Also, with picnics and days at the lake or pool in mind, I wanted to try something fun as far as baking and presentation goes. And, since my favorite season (College Football Season) is right around the corner, this recipe is perfect for tailgating!

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