I was pretty young when I fell in love with one of her cheesecakes (that recipe will come another time) and when I asked her for it, she misunderstood, and gave me this one instead. My good luck because this one is fabulous too! My family loves cheesecake of all kinds -- what's not to love, though? Cheesecake is creamy and sweet, but not overly so. It has substance and a great "mouth feel." Add in chocolate, and seriously? How much better can you get?
This one is very easy. No bake. Really. I made it for Mother's Day and took it over to my m-i-l's house. It had been years since I made this one (my youngest daughter didn't remember ever having it) and so it qualified as a "Julie's Surprise." I'm lucky that they're used to me... and keep sampling my "surprises" even though some of them don't exactly work out as planned. This one, however, worked out just fine!
I have to also add that it was this cheesecake that got me to love the combination of orange and chocolate. Up to that point, I really preferred to keep those flavors separate. But this worked for me. The orange flavor is subtle, but there's a decided citrusy tang. If you prefer, you can probably leave the orange juice out of the recipe, but if you do, you may want to increase the amount of chocolate you add.
Interesting tidbit: You can tell this recipe has been around for a while. It calls for a 6 oz can of frozen orange juice. I could not find orange juice in 6 oz containers anywhere. I could only find 12 oz. Now, maybe that's just a local thing... but I remember those smaller cans. Now that I think of it, I haven't seen them in a long time. For this recipe, I melted all 12 oz, then made juice with the leftover concentrate.
No-bake Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz) condensed milk
4 oz melted chocolate (I used semi-sweet)
1 cup evaporated milk
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate - allowed to melt to a liquid consistency
9-inch ready prepared graham cracker crust
Beat the cream cheese with the condensed milk until combined. Add the melted chocolate, then the evaporated milk, and mix well. Add the melted orange juice concentrate, and mix until blended. Pour into the prepared pie crust, cover, and freeze for at least 2 hours.
That's it. Honest.
Because it had been a long time since I'd made this, I pulled it out of the freezer when we were halfway through dinner thinking it would need the time to thaw. Mistake. It was still good, but it really did not need to be pulled out early. I should have kept it in the freezer until we were ready to serve. The consistency was just a little bit too gooey. So, word to the wise - keep it frozen until just before you're ready to serve.
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