Hye Thyme Cafe: Orange Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

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e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Orange Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

Hye Thyme Cafe: Orange Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust


Every time a holiday or birthday rolls around, the guys in our family are looking for cheesecake.  This time around, I thought I'd do something a little different for Thanksgiving and came up with these bars, rather than a full-sized cheesecake, given the amount of other goodies there were to contend with.  When I spotted the chocolate graham crackers at the grocery store, I knew I had to use those for the crust since orange and chocolate pair so well.

CRUST:
1 sleeve chocolate graham crackers
3 T sugar
4 T melted butter
1/4 c pecan pieces

CHEESECAKE:
16 oz cream cheese
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c whipping cream
2 whole eggs plus one yolk
zest from two oranges
1/4 c fresh orange juice

For the crust, pulse together all of the ingredients in your food processor to form a coarse meal.  Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8x8 pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 for 12-15".

Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Add the cream, then the eggs and yolk, one at a time until well blended, then add the zest and juice from the orange.

Pour cream cheese mixture over crust and set inside of a larger pan filled with hot water, to create  a water bath.  Bake at 350 for 40-45" until set.  Allow to cool in the pan, then chill until ready to serve.  Cut into bars and garnish as desired.

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust
Bake in a water bath.

 
Hye Thyme Cafe: Orange Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust


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