commemorating year one: mini cheesecakes with blood orange and rhubarb compote

 

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Today marks the one year anniversary of Daisy’s World, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for reading my blog and for giving me the opportunity to share my world with you. I am grateful for all of your comments and kind words of encouragement and praise.  I have enjoyed writing about my culinary adventures and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about them.  My goal was to inspire you to create something delicious that showcases your own passion for food, and I hope I’ve succeeded.

My sincere thanks to my fellow bloggers who, in turn, have inspired me all year long. I have learned so much from all of you.  You’ve help to expand my culinary boundaries and exposed me to new recipes and ingredients, cooking methods, and techniques. I feel a kinship to all of you who, like me, are passionate about food and who support me in my creative endeavors.

A big round of applause to all of you who have liked, pinned, tweeted, emailed and shared my posts and photos. Special thanks also goes out to Foodgawker, Tastespotting, Tasteologie, Kitchen Artistry, and Serious Eats for giving me a forum to reach a wider audience and share my food photographs. While many of my photos grace your curated sites, your “rejections” motivate me to keep improving my photography skills.

I have loved this past year of blogging and I am truly grateful for your continued support and interest in Daisy’s World.  I look forward to another year of sharing the delicious things in my life.

To commemorate this milestone, I thought it fitting to conquer another cooking phobia.  Still feeling triumphant from my successful gnocchi experience, I was feeling confident to take on another  kitchen challenge that has frustrated me – cheesecake.  My few attempts years ago have resulted in cheesecakes with hideous cracks that haunted me, even when they were successfully hidden from view by piles and piles of topping.   I was ready to try again, already envisioning the water bath in the oven, when I stumbled into a recipe for individual cheesecakes with an orange-cranberry sauce that are baked in muffin tins. No water bath needed!!

The orange in the sauce reminded me of a recipe for blood orange-rhubarb compote from Susan Eats London, and I had the brilliant idea (if I do say so myself) to combine the two recipes together to make my “First Anniversary” cheesecakes.  A big thank you to Susan, who is one of those inspirational bloggers I was referring to earlier.  Her blog is beautifully written and  full of great recipes and photos.  Believe me, you will definitely learn alot from her.  She blogs about wild garlic, nigella seeds, and uses duck egg for her pasta.  Cool, right?!

Trust me on this, the blood oranges and rhubarb combine to make a flavorful burst of tartness which complements cheesecake very nicely indeed!

Mini Cheesecakes with Blood Orange and Rhubard Compote
Yields 24 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients:

For the crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (place graham crackers in a plastic ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush crackers into crumbs)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the filling
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 vanilla bean, split in half and seeds scraped (I used 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste)
zest from 2 blood oranges
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup heavy cream

Toasted walnuts, chopped, for garnish
Whipped cream, for garnish

Method:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

To prepare the crust, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir together until well combined and the mixture resembles wet sand. Press 1 tablespoon of the crust mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Bake until set, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Lower the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

For the filling, place the cream cheese in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add sugar and beat until well combined. Mix in the salt, vanilla, and the orange zest. Add in the egg, one at a time, making sure the egg is well incorporated after each addition. Add the heavy cream. Mix just until blended. Do not overmix at this point.

Spoon or scoop in 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter over cooled graham cracker crust, filling each liner to about 3/4 full.

Bake until filling is set, about 22-25 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator to chill at least 4 hours, or preferably, overnight. Top each mini cheesecake with the blood orange and rhubarb compote, a dollop of whipped cream, toasted walnuts.

For the compote
2 blood oranges, supremes and juice
1 pound rhubarb, sliced into 1-inch pieces
3/4 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons butter
splash or two of Cointreau or other orange liqueur

Method:
Cut the blood oranges into supremes, or segments.  The remaining pulp still contains juice, so squeeze it into a container and set aside.

Toss the rhubarb in the sugar.  Set aside.

Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the rhubarb, blood orange juice, and Cointreau and cook over medium heat, for approximately 10 minutes, until the rhubarb is tender and the mixture looks thick.  Stir occasionally and very gently to keep the rhubarb from getting too mushy.  Remove from heat and add the blood orange supremes.

Cheesecake adapted from My Baking Addiction.
Blood Orange and Rhubarb Compote adapted from Susan Eats London.

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31 thoughts on “commemorating year one: mini cheesecakes with blood orange and rhubarb compote

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  3. Omg! I was looking through your site to link to your New York trip post, and this post caught my eye!!

    Sorry it’s late, but I want to give you a big CONGRATULATIONS!! and my sincerest wishes for continued happy blogging into this year and beyond! Your photos are always beautiful and your recipes are always original. 🙂

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  6. Hi Daisy!!

    Each one of ur posts is mouth watering & im bugged , hitting on the like post, for each of ur posts!! N does ur About Me page say ure an amateur??? No way!! Cant believe that..its 2 awesum n ur passion shines thru each of ur creations..

    Dunno, If im ever gonna muster the courage to try any of the recipes.. They seem quite impossible for me to create.. I like to be spontaneous n I try out easy to make beverages like ice teas and fruit desserts that can work with what ever is available n stuff lyk that.. I get scared of activities like baking, where in the temperature or the time can easily spoil the dish..
    Hoping 2 try out at least one of ur recipes.. dunno if they turnout as shown in the photos 😉

    Cheers,
    Shraddha

    • Shraddha, first of all, thanks for stopping by. I hope I’ve inspired you to try some of the recipes I’ve posted, and please let me know how they turn out. Try something easy that you’re comfortable with and work up from there. I think you’ll have fun trying and eating. 🙂

      daisy

  7. Congratulaions, on a job well done. I look forward to your blog, even though I am nowhere near the cook you are. Just reading your recipes is fascinating. Looking forward to the next year. Aunt Janet

  8. Daisy, reading this literally brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful year you have had! I love your success and I have loved watching your blog take shape. I feel equally inspired by you and am so privileged and honored that you feel the same.

    • Thanks, Frugal! You’ve been so gracious and I appreciate all of your encouragement and kind words. You were the first person whom I didn’t know to comment on my blog, and I’ve been in awe of your cooking ever since.

      daisy

      • Thanks very much, Daisy. You’ve actually prompted me to reach the wider world – I’ve started using foodgawker etc… However, Foodgawker are clearly very picky – I think I’ll need a better camera to get on their site. Tasteologie accepted my mousse though.

        • I had to develop a thicker skin to be able to accept the “rejection.” Tastespotting is even more picky than Foodgawker. Kitchen Artistry is very accepting, but does not draw alot of traffic. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll get more photos accepted because your photos have a beautiful rustic elegance to them.

          daisy

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