Monday, April 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Cheesecake of a Different Color




The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

At first glance, the April Daring Baker challenge appeared deceptively simple – just bake a cheesecake.


Ah, but this is the Daring Bakers, where there is always a twist.


The fine print stated that our challenge was to create a cheesecake with a personal spin, using the basic recipe as our foundation. If you happen to check out the cheesecake for the other Daring Bakers, you will find an infinite number of variations, both in size and flavors.


For my cheesecake, I chose to use the natural bounty of my backyard, which at this time of year is primarily citrus.


I created a Neapolitan Citrus Cheesecake with one layer each of blood orange, lime, and lemon. Instead of the usual graham cracker crust, I prepared one consisting of ground almonds. The topping was simply a glaze of Blood Orange Marmalade.



My goal was to make a light, fresh cheesecake instead of one heavy with darker ingredients, and I was pleased with the final result.



For the recipe, take a look at Jenny's blog.

19 comments:

Jess said...

Your cheesecake is GORGEOUS! I love the citrus flavor, mine was lime, but I bet the trio of yours was fantastic! How did you make it layered like that? Great job!

Megan said...

The fourth picture looks like an ice cream cone.

And I have to say, that cheesecake is perfect for right now - it's getting hot hot hot!

newlyweds said...

That is the cutest cheesecake ever! And it even better using your own grow citrus fruits, thats great. I also incorporated my own garden grow jalapenos in my cheesecake.

JMom said...

I love the colorful layers! Would also love to know how you created the layers. Did you pre-bake each layer first before adding the next?

Natashya said...

What lovely stripes!
Such a gorgeous cheesecake.

Debyi said...

Your cheesecake looks so cute! Your flavors sound great, I love grapefruit!

Sara said...

So pretty! I LOVE the flavors and they create such nice colors. Lovely. :)

breadchick said...

Judy, your cheesecake is just lovely! I think the combination of citrus is quite ingenious.

Engineer Baker said...

That's absolutely stunning! And have I mentioned that I want your citrus trees? Lucky you!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Judy how unlucky to have all those citrus fruit trees in you back yard that left you with just . . . hahaha . . . forced you to create the most incredible Neapolitan Citrus Cheesecake! That is really stunning!
Incredible what a 'simple' cheese cake can become!

pinkstripes said...

I love it! How creative!

lisamichele said...

Your cheesecake layers look amazing, and I can only imagine how wonderful all that citrus flavor is. BTW, I agree with the above, the fourth photo does look like an ice cream cone..and a yummy one at that :)

mary said...

Wow, that's beautiful. Reminds me of rainbow sherbet! I bet it was delicious, perfect for spring.

Claire said...

That is awesome! I love the tri-colored cheesecake...and the citrus flavors. HAS to be delicious!

TeaLady said...

Lovely layers of light lusciousness. Very creative. I would definitely want a piece (or five) of this one. Beautiful and delicious.

ice tea: sugar high said...

what lovely colours =) love the citrus slices on top, simple and beautiful

Jenny said...

That is one beautiful cheesecake! I second (or third?) the question about how you made the layers. I wish I also had citrus trees growing in my back yard...

Arlette said...

Oh wow,
what a gorgeous colors you choose, and I bet the flavours are excellent...wow
I bookmarked the recipe if you dont't mind

Jenny said...

I'm SO late in commenting, but I absolutely love these pretty pastel layers, and I just think citrus is amazing with this recipe. Thanks for being a part of the DB challenge for April!

Jenny of JennyBakes