Baked Cheesecake with Honey and Orange to Delight the Senses

a plate of baked cheesecake with hoey and orange ists on a wooden countertop

Cheesecakes are a hugely popular dessert in Spain and there are plenty of different types of cheesecake recipes out there to satisfy the sweet tooth! 

This baked cheesecake with honey and orange recipe is one of the ultimate cheesecake recipes for us and is based on the classic tarta de queso y miel recipe from Spain. It’s easy to make, takes around 50 minutes in total, and most importantly, tastes incredible.

Serving:

6 people

Ready in:

 45-55 minutes

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Fresh cream or ice cream

About This Recipe

Spanish cheesecake is different from New York cheesecake, although they both use cream cheese and are delicious.

There aren’t as many additional flavors added to cheesecakes in Spain and it tends to be more of a traditional affair following an original cheesecake recipe that was handed down.

While there are many variations and methods of cooking, you won’t find a chocolate version here! 

Our baked cheesecake with honey and orange recipe can be made with or without a base and works perfectly when baked in a small earthenware dish. Alternatively, if you’re looking to make a large dessert for a dinner party, use a cake mold with removable sides.

honey bees on an orange blossom

This baked cheesecake recipe serves 4-6 people. The joy of baking cheesecake is you can enjoy it warm or cold.

We’ve tweaked the original Spanish recipe slightly, just to add a little more flavor to an already outstanding dessert. We’ve also added a pinch of nutmeg and a squeeze of fresh orange juice which infuses perfectly and adds to the subtle sweetness of the honey.

A person with a honey ladel removes some honey from a jar

Honey and Orange flavors

These two flavors are a match made in heaven and work so well together. The classic Spanish recipe does not suggest adding any of the orange juice, but this works so well, it’s definitely a worthy addition to the ingredients list. We have also used natural yogurt, but you can use flavored yogurt if you’re looking for a flavor boost! 

Always use fresh orange juice to bring out the delicate flavors within the cheesecake. It’s worth experimenting and if you don’t have oranges handy, try it with lemons, it also works great! Alternatively, find a local supplier who makes orange blossom honey!

Looking for something a bit more chocolatey?

Check out or Chocolate and hazelnut tart recipe!

a plate of chocolate hazelnut tart sits beside a silver spoon on a white tablecloth

Equipment needed to make baked cheesecake

with honey and orange

  • 6 small earthenware dishes, around 5-inches in diameter and an inch deep. (Alternatively, use a 10-inch baking mold with removable sides around 3 inches deep.)
  • 1 large bowl for mixing
  • 1 small microwavable bowl (to melt the honey)
    • 1 whisk (or a food processor to blend the ingredients)

    A baked cheesecake with hoey and orange sits on a wooden counter

    Ingredients

    Method (step-by-step)

    (serves 6)

    • 14 Oz. (400 grams) of Philadelphia or Mascarpone cheese
    • 2 small tubs (1.7 Oz./50 grams) natural Greek-style yogurt
    • 3 free-range eggs
    • 1 tablespoon of cornmeal (or thickening agent)
    • 1 tablespoon of sugar
    • 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
    • 5 tablespoons of honey
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • A small squeeze of fresh orange juice
    • A pinch of nutmeg

    Method (step-by-step)

    Step 1 – Prepare the mixture

    Preheat oven to 356°F/180°C for a fan-forced oven, 400°F/200°C for a non-fan-forced oven

    • First, melt the honey in the microwave for 1 minute.
    • In a food processor with a blending/mixing disk, add the cheese, yogurt, melted honey, and sugar. Blend for 2-3 minutes until you get a smooth mixture.
    • Next, add the eggs, thickening agent, orange juice and zest, and a pinch of nutmeg. Blend for another 2 minutes or until all ingredients are well mixed.

    Step 2 – Bake the cheesecake

    • Grease the cake dishes you wish to use and pour the mixture in until it’s about an inch deep maximum. 
    • Add to the oven and bake for around 30 minutes for a fan-forced oven, or around 40-45 minutes for a non-fan-forced oven.
    • Check the cheesecake is done by using a toothpick, if it bubbles when you remove it from the cheesecake, it needs a little longer.

    Step 3 – Best cheesecake toppings for this recipe (optional)

    • In a small microwavable bowl, add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of butter. Microwave for 1 minute and mix with a spoon. 
    • Gently pour the mixture over the cheesecake and serve immediately.
    • Serve with fresh cream or ice cream!
    Honey sits in a speckled bowl beside some thickening agent and an orange
    A baked cheesecake with hoey and orange sits on a wooden counter

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    An earthenware dish of Baked cheesecake with honey and orange

    Baked Cheesecake with Honey and Orange to Delight the Senses

    Byron
    This baked cheesecake with honey and orange recipe is one of the ultimate cheesecake recipes for us and is based around the classic tarta de queso y miel recipe from Spain. It’s easy to make, takes around 50 minutes in total, and most importantly, tastes incredible.
    5 from 4 votes
    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 35 mins
    Total Time 45 mins
    Course afternoon tea, Dessert, Snack, Spanish, sweet
    Cuisine baked, dessert, Mediterranean, spanish
    Servings 6 people
    Calories 343 kcal

    Equipment

    • 6 Small earthenware dishes, around 5-inches in diameter and an inch deep. (Alternatively, use a 10-inch baking mold with removable sides around 3 inches deep.)
    • 1 large bowl for mixing
    • 1 small microwavable bowl (to melt the honey)
    • 1 Whisk (or a food processor to blend the ingredients)

    Ingredients
      

    • 14 Oz. 400 grams of Philadelphia or Mascarpone cheese
    • 2 small tubs 1.7 Oz./50 grams natural Greek-style yogurt
    • 3 free-range eggs
    • 1 tablespoon of cornmeal or thickening agent
    • 1 tablespoon of sugar
    • 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
    • 5 tablespoons of honey
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • A small squeeze of fresh orange juice
    • A pinch of nutmeg

    Instructions
     

    Step 1 - Prepare the mixture

    • Preheat oven to 356°F/180°C for a fan-forced oven, 400°F/200°C for a non-fan-forced oven
    • First, melt the honey in the microwave for 1 minute.
    • In a food processor with a blending/mixing disk, add the cheese, yogurt, melted honey, and sugar. Blend for 2-3 minutes until you get a smooth mixture.
    • Next, add the eggs, thickening agent, orange juice and zest, and a pinch of nutmeg. Blend for another 2 minutes or until all ingredients are well mixed.

    Step 2 - Bake the cheesecake

    • Grease the cake dishes you wish to use and pour the mixture in until it’s about an inch deep maximum.
    • Add to the oven and bake for around 30 minutes for a fan-forced oven, or around 40-45 minutes for a non-fan-forced oven.
    • Check the cheesecake is done by using a toothpick, if it bubbles when you remove it from the cheesecake, it needs a little longer.

    Step 3 - Best cheesecake toppings for this recipe (optional)

    • In a small microwavable bowl, add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of butter. Microwave for 1 minute and mix with a spoon.
    • Gently pour the mixture over the cheesecake and serve immediately.
    • You can also serve with fresh cream or ice cream!

    Notes

    Baked cheesecake with honey and orange-nutrition facts

    Baked cheesecake with honey and orange-nutrition facts 

    Nutrition

    Serving: 80gCalories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 20.1gProtein: 8.4gFat: 26.4gSaturated Fat: 15.7gCholesterol: 157mgSodium: 234mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 16.8gCalcium: 67mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword bake, Baked, Baked cheesecake, cheesecake, dessert, Dessert recipe, easy, Honey, orange, orange blossom, quick recipe, Spanish dessert, Yogurt
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