Is it just me or the more you don’t want your mom to find out about something, the more likely she is to find out about it? I don’t know it that sentence makes sense, but if you get what I mean, I think you can relate. Moms have a inbuilt “mischief sensors” that kick in whenever we secretly do what they tell not to do. My mom is TOTALLY against food wastage. I had bought some strawberries to make this cheese cake with. I got so busy in between and I kept postponing. Slowly but surely, the strawberries got spoilt. I felt guilty, but knew I had to throw them away before mom saw them. I hid them amongst some veggies so that I could throw them away when she was not around and guess what, she found them in just a few minutes. Did she sense I was up to something? I think she did. One lecture on food wastage later, I realized that was stupid of me and decided to use oranges instead. The result: stellar as always. I will show you what to substitute a bread or biscuit crust with to give you the same A+ results.
For the crust
4 oatibix biscuits
3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
5 tablespoons of butter
For the cheese filling
100 g of white chocolate
125 g of crème cheese
1 orange, zested
For the orange compote
2 oranges, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 a cup of orange juiced
Take oatibix biscuit and crush it with your hands until it forms fine crumbs. You can use a food processor if you please, but your hands works just as well :)). To this add your desiccated coconut and mix it all up. Normally, the base for cheese cake are usually crushed biscuit of choice however these usually have high amounts of salt. I settled for oatibix as a substitute since it has a lower amount of salt at just 0.01g. What a win!!!
Also, unlike a biscuit base for your cheesecake, using an oat base via oatibix helps in lowering of cholesterol which in turn keeps our blood vessels and heart healthy. Also, unlike a biscuit base, an oatibix base has high fiber making you get fuller faster. This means a small piece of the cheese cake will satisfy you instead of eating a mountain load. You can indulge without over doing it, and enjoy all the health benefits that come along with having an oatibix cheese cake base.
Melt your butter in the microwave for a few seconds and add it to these two ingredients. Mix it all up until combined throughout then press it to the bottom of your container.
Prepare your cheese filling. In a bowl, add your crème cheese. It should be at room temperature. I bought my creme cheese form Nakumatt and chose Happy Cow brand. Buy Kenya Build Kenya, yes? :)) Whisk it for about a minute then set aside. Melt your white chocolate and add it to the cheese followed by your orange zest. Because the chocolate is already sweet, I did not add more sugar to this.
Mix these all up then spread evenly these over the oatibix crust. Refrigerate for a few hours. Since I do not own a detachable baking tray, I improvised by lining an ordinary storage tin with translucent paper which would then make it easy to make the cheesecake detach without any hurdles.
You can of course make your cheese layer thicker if you so please. I personally prefer a slimmer cheese layer since that gives me a chance to also savor the crust and enjoy amazing textural contrast.
Then you can begin working on your compote. In a pan, add your sliced orange, together with the sugar and the fresh orange juice. Let this simmer, on low heat, until it thickens and the orange buds burst.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool down to room temperature. Of course you can use any other fruit, mangoes, passion fruit, and strawberries too :)) The compote will add sweetness to the cheese cake, but not make it cloyingly sweet.
After your cheese cake has set, add your orange compote on top as the final layer and serve!
The oatibix crust made the perfect substitute for breadcrumbs. Not only did it hold up well, they tasted a lot more wholesome compared to bread/cracker crumbs. The cheese has notes of white chocolate and the zest in the cheese was picked by the fullness of the orange compote which tied it all together.
Dead simple no-bake orange kissed layers of creamy goodness!!!. Be it for brunch or dessert, or just to satisfy those cravings, this is for you!!!
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