This pineapple and mandarin orange flavored cheesecake is baked in a homemade coconut crust, and is served with a tropical sauce made from the reserved juice of the canned fruit.
Creamy Ambrosia Cheesecake
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 (10 ounce) package HERSHEY®’S Premier White Chips
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges segments, chopped, drained, juice reserved
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved
1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup MOUNDS® Sweetened Coconut Flakes
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
1 Coconut Crust: Heat oven to 350 F. Stir together 1-1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup MOUND’S Sweetened Coconut Flakes, 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Press mixture firmly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 8 minutes; cool slightly.
2 Heat oven to 350 F. Beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Add sugar; beat well. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in white chips, oranges and pineapple. Pour mixture over crust.
3 Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool completely; remove side of pan.
4 Prepare Tropical Fruit Sauce: Combine 1 cup reserved fruit juices, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon orange extract or pineapple extract. Cool to room temperature.
5 Serve Tropical Fruit Sauce with cheesecake. Garnish with coconut, if desired. Cover; refrigerate leftover cheesecake.