In about 30 minutes you can have a crust-less, breakfast cheesecake on the table. And while cheesecake definitely isn't for every breakfast, this lightly-sweet version makes a simple, special breakfast treat. I served this topped with fresh strawberries and bananas, with a spinach frittata to round out the meal.
The recipe calls for using a springform pan. If you don't have one, just butter a pie dish (this will be more difficult to serve, but won't effect the flavor at all). I actually halved this recipe and used a 7-inch pie pan and it worked great.
BAKED BREAKFAST CHEESECAKE
(from River Cottage Every Day)
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21 ounces of cream cheese or ricotta cheese
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
3 Tablespoons quick oats or flour (I used gluten-free quick oats)
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Finely grated zest of 2 oranges, plus 1 Tablespoon juice (I used 1 Tblsp oj concentrate instead)
3 Tablespoons raisins (optional)
Serve with fresh fruit or fruit compote
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Generously butter a 9-inch springform pan.
Beat the cheese with a wooden spoon until smooth, then add the melted butter, oatmeal, salt, sugar, eggs, orange zest and juice, and mix well (you can mix all in a food processor if preferred or use a hand mixer). Fold in raisins, if using.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes, until just set, with a slight wobble in the center.
Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature with fruit. Serves 10