Instant Orange Cheesecakes

Emergency dessert, cheesecake, pudding, budget, cheap

This dessert came about the other night when I was yet again posed with the question “what’s for pudding?”. I hadn’t made it to the shops, so after a rummage around the kitchen I concocted this pudding which is one step better than just having a digestive smothered in cream cheese with a bit of fruit or lemon curd on top.

You could make these cheesecakes before dinner so that the cream cheese topping sets but we ate them immediately and they were delicious. I will definitely be making these emergency puds again. They are slightly healthier than a normal cheesecake as there is no butter in the base but to shave off more calories you could always use low fat Digestives and light cream cheese.

I have to say that my 10 year old daughter is becoming a bit of a foodie in the kitchen as she suggested putting the orange zest into the cream cheese! I think another time I might try ginger nuts with a lemon topping oh the possibilities are endless!

Emergency, dessert, cheesecake, pudding, budget, cheap

As this dish is so frugal I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which is a challenge run by myself and Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and hosted this month by Sarah at Dinner with Crayons. Sarah is also running Dead Easy Desserts which have to be made in under 30 minutes over at Maison Cupcake so as this takes less than 10 minutes to make I’m entering this event too.

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Instant Orange Cheesecakes
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Instant Orange Cheesecakes, an emergency dessert that can be made within minutes with no compromise on taste. You’ll be hooked!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 3 Small oranges (2 juiced, 1 zested and segmented)
  • 8 Digestive biscuits (or low fat ones)
  • 200g Cream cheese ( or light version)
  • 50g Caster sugar
  1. Place the Digestives in a food bag and crush with a rolling pin into fine crumbs.
  2. Divide the crumbs between 4 ramekins/mini soufflé dishes.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the cream cheese, orange zest and gradually add the juice (depending on the yield of the oranges you might not need all the juice, you want a creamy consistency).
  4. Whisk in the sugar.
  5. Divide between the 4 dishes using the back of a spoon to smooth onto the biscuit base.
  6. Decorate with the orange segments.
  7. Serve immediately or chill until needed.




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  1. Amy Fidler

    Idea for dinner parties x

  2. Margot

    I really like the idea of making instant cheesecakes! My girls will love this 😉

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margot, we love them here:-)

  3. Martina Evans

    Cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts, so this recipe is just perfect for me! Thanks for the lush recipe x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Martina:-)

  4. Lindsey Stuart

    These sound lovely and refreshing thankyou so much for sharing 🙂

  5. Tracy Ashwin

    Ok this looks super easy, I am definitely going to do this. Thank you!

    1. Camilla

      It’s a great pud for when you don’t think you have anything:-)

  6. Kaci Soderstrom

    These are fab! I often crave cheesecake.. this would be perfect to calm craving.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes they are a great dessert to whip up at the last minute:-)

  7. Maddy

    Yea- we made these with ginger-nut base- Delicious indeed!

    1. Camilla


  8. Maddy

    Lovely and light after Christmas over-indulgence

  9. Paul Wilson

    Great dessert if you’re in a rush.

    1. Camilla

      It really is and so tasty:-)

  10. Nadia

    Clever … Quick …. One to try!

  11. Tracy Nixon

    This recipe sounds delicious and refreshing! Thank you!

  12. bev

    What a fab emergency pudding!

  13. Carolyn Clapham

    I can’t wait to make some more of these – they were delicious!

    1. Camilla

      They are lush:-)

  14. Carolyn Clapham

    I served a lemon version of these to the family on Monday, and they loved them. I had planned to top them off with a dollop of the easy lemon curd I’d made last week, but it had all gone. Proves how popular that recipe was too )))

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, so glad your family enjoyed them. My dad’s now asking for a pot of lemon curd so I’d better make some more!

  15. Carolyn Clapham

    What a deliciously simple idea.
    Now that I’ve got some of your lovely lemon curd to top it with, I think I’ll try making a lemon version 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Oh yes I’ve made a lemon version and used ginger biscuits, worked really well, lemon curd on top would be lush:-)

  16. Victoria

    Wow, these look so good!

    1. Camilla

      They are so tasty and so quick, have tried a few versions now:-)

  17. Hafsah

    I LOVE cheesecake, but I’ve never made it before, so this might be a first!

  18. K Mayers

    Absolutely love cheesecake – and oranges. This looks like a must for me to try as it would be really refreshing with the orange, but I’ll have to try the low fat version for sure!

    1. Camilla

      It’s a great little dessert when you’ve nothing to offer:-)

  19. Maya Russell

    Will have to try the low fat version.

    1. Camilla

      You and me both after the excesses of Christmas:-)

  20. Helen Aiken

    Looks delicious and easy to make. Must try and remember this recipe. I’m sure my daughter would love it.

  21. chelle79

    sounds and looks delicious will try this recipe put

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it’s a really good fall back dessert:-)

  22. Anneli Faiers

    Love the simplicity!! And no need for it to be set to enjoy it. This is a seriously speedy and fab pud! Nice one xx

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Anneli, it’s such a fun dessert to get the kids to help make too:-)

  23. Amanda Milton

    This looks delicious,Cheesecake is my favourite pudding,and this one is quick and easy,definately going to try this,thank-you for recipe

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, hope you enjoy them:-)

  24. Sarah Mcknight

    I will have to try this, i love cheesecakes, i love the fact that it is quick to make bonus 😉

    1. Camilla

      Thank you and you can change them every time to suit your taste:-)

  25. Claire toplis

    What a great idea , glad your daughter is taking after you

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thanks Claire:-)

  26. Helen Swales

    This looks amazing and appears very simple to prepare and looks great; perfect for when our friends come to dinner, I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for the future, thank you.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I’m not sure it’s entertaining food but more midweek emergency family dessert kind of food:-) But try it and see what you think!

  27. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Fantastic, I like nothing better than my own dessert in a glass! I love sweetened cream cheese in dessets too. Thanks for entering Dead Easy Desserts too.

    1. Camilla

      Thank Sarah, yes it’s nice to have you own bespoke dessert:-)

  28. Ruth Hedges

    Looks absolutely delicious! Definitely will be making this for the family over Christmas x

    1. Camilla

      Great, hope you enjoy them:-)

  29. Herbert Appleby

    this looks just up my street with the crunch hitting home

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, we had them again last night but with lemon juice and zest, just as good:-)

  30. Tracy Nixon

    Mmmmm Cheesecake has got to be my favourite dessert and this sound lovely!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it’s really yummy and so easy:-)


    I do have a cheesecake addiction – one of my favourite puddings. I do agree that the chocolate Philly would go well – have done my own ones but never done it with the orange – oooh yum! xxx

    1. Camilla

      I used to have them all the time as a kid, mainly shop bought but occassionaly mum would make a pineapple one. They are naughty but these little pots don’t feel quite so sinful:-)

  32. Dan

    Looks delicious. Need to try it. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it was so delicious and so quick:-)

  33. Heather Haigh

    Excellent idea!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather:-)

  34. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    Emergency dessert! I approve!

    1. Camilla

      LOL, yes I think you are the master of Emergency Desserts:-)

  35. Ursula Hunt

    sounds delicious and easy for the grandchildren to do

    1. Camilla

      Exactly, my daughter loved making these with me:-)

  36. Lisa Williams

    such a brilliant idea I love cheesecake but never go about making my own I always buy in buy this is so versatile you could add so many different things and try them so instantly I will be trying this one 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Fab and as you say you can chop and change the ingredients, you could even use Chocolate Philly for a Chocolate Orange flavour!

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