Sunday, September 14, 2014

Grand Marnier (Orange Juice) Chocolate CHEESECAKE- 52 Cakes and Pies at Home

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But not just any cheesecake, this one has a deep Orange flavoring, laced with an Orange tinged Liqueur (but you can use Orange Juice for almost the same taste).  The chocolate drizzle on top adds a festive and TASTY garnish!

This is one of those perfect desserts in that it tastes best when made a day ahead of time.  This allows the orange zest to really meld into the taste.

Very easy to DIY, just a few tips and tricks in the recipe to make this a winner every time!

One quick note... I have already done a post on making a Bakeable Fudge Faux OREO COOKIE Pie/Cake Crust.  Follow the link for that recipe and easy to follow DIY directions.  A fudgy chocolate crust for this is the perfect complimentary taste!

OK... Here's what I did...

Grand Marnier
(Orange Juice)
Chocolate Cheesecake

  • 1 Large Bakeable Fudge Faux OREO COOKIE Pie/Cake Crust
  • 4 Bricks (8 OZ each) Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1-1/3 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 TBS Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur (Can use Orange Juice)
  • Zest from 1 Large Orange
  • For the Chocolate Ganache Drizzle
  • 1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 2 TBS Half and Half (can use whole milk)
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare the Fudge Faux OREO COOKIE Pie/Cake Crust.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. For the filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the cream cheese and sugar together and mix until creamed.and smooth.
  4. Add Eggs one at a time, just until blended. Add liqueur (or Orange Juice) and the Orange Zest, mix until smooth.
  5. Pour filling into the crust, spread until even.
  6. Bake for 1 hour until the center is almost solid and set, just a tiny jiggle. Turn the oven off, close the door and allow to cool in the oven for 1 additional hour (helps prevent cracking).
  7. Remove the side from the springform pan. Move the cake to the fridge and allow to cool at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  8. Meanwhile, to make the chocolate Ganache (Drizzle), in a small sauce pan over low heat melt the chocolate chips and Half and Half together until smooth, stirring occasionally.
  9. Drizzle chocolate over the top in a carefully plotted random pastern.
  10. Serve Chilled and ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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