New York Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar  
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Florida orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Florida orange segments, seeded
  • Shaved chocolate, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in bowl; mix well.
  2. Press mixture into bottom of springform pan or 12-inch pie pan. Refrigerate.
  3. Melt chocolate in microwave-safe bowl at medium-high power level for 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently, until melted. Cool.
  4. In clean mixing bowl, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks; chill. 

  5. Combine cream cheese, sugar and unsalted butter in mixing bowl; beat with mixer on medium speed until blended and smooth.
  6. Turn mixer down to low speed; mix in melted chocolate, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract and salt.
  7. Gently fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture.
  8. Pour mixture on top of prepared graham cracker crust.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 1½ hours or preferably overnight.
  10. Garnish with fresh orange segments and shaved chocolate.

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