Blood Orange Cheesecake {Light & Airy}

blood orange cheesecake

A couple of weeks ago I found out that I was one of the 2 lucky winners of The White on Rice Couple’s Citrus Giveaway.  I was thrilled to win 3 pounds of fresh blood oranges from their very own garden!  (By the way, I am über impressed – I can hardly keep a basil plant alive much less fruit bearing trees!)  I met up with Diane Cu & Todd Porter of the White on Rice Couple last week to claim my prize.  We had a great time sharing stories of our fun & crazy families, travel adventures and our love for food (& eating)!  They are two of the most down to earth and friendly people you’ll ever meet…they are the type of people that you sit down with for an hour and feel like you’ve known them for years.  I look forward to catching up with them again soon!

So…what do you do with 3 lbs of beautiful blood oranges?  Honestly, the blood oranges were so good just eaten as is that I almost didn’t want to use it for baking or cooking.  I was willing to spare 1 blood orange to make a cheesecake.  My little brother’s favorite dessert is cheesecake and I had promised that I would make it soon….so I figure now is as good of a time as ever.  I use light cream cheese and light sour cream in this recipe which makes for a lighter and airy texture.   It’s creamy with just enough richness and citrus undertones.    It’s definitely not a New York style cheesecake and the blood orange flavor is not over powering.  You can definitely add more zest to the cheesecake mixture or replace the vanilla in the sour cream mixture with blood orange juice and add zest for a more pronounced blood orange flavor.

blood oranges
Beautiful Fresh Blood Oranges

A couple of blood orange recipes and facts:

White on Rice Couple’s  Blood Orange Margaritas 

Simply Recipes’  Blood Orange Fun Facts & List of Recipe Links


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  1. Yvette says:

    OMG! This looks soo decadent and lucious…I wanna make this…you make it look so easy! You have a good hand!

  2. kitchenrunway says:

    TripleScoop: Thank you – it was soft and pretty good I must say =)

    Levi: You’re too funny! I think it’s definitely the fix that you need – not too rich but just enough to hit the spot!

    Yvette: Thank you!! You’ll have to make this and tell me all about it.

  3. diane and todd says:

    That looks amazing!!!! So happy that you won cause meeting you for lunch was our prize!
    The cheesecake is next on our list, thank you so much for your beautiful blog!

  4. kitchenrunway says:

    Diane & Todd: Thank you!! Awww – you two are too sweet. Looking forward to meeting up again soon!

    Ravenouscouple: Thank you!!!

  5. joyce says:

    hi! i would like to try this recipe. but blood oranges are not readily available at where i am. do you know ordinary oranges would work too?

  6. kitchenrunway says:

    Hi Joyce: Yes – regular oranges would work too! I can’t wait to hear about your cheesecake! Take care!

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