Have you ever stopped to think who is growing the food you feed your family? A wonderful farmer that’s who… He’s your BEST friend– don’t bite the hand that feeds you. That man is tirelessly out in the fields … His family rarely sees him unless they are with him in those precious fields. Did you ever wonder how much work goes into his field? He’s up before the sun and doesn’t stop in the Florida heat— he’s HOT, thirsty and alone on his tracker or plow.
The very next time you nibble on any produce, think about the man or woman who might have lovingly raised that wonderful magical delight, remember his or her handy work cleared that land, plowed, planted, nurtured his crop and harvested this miracle of Mother Nature for your family…So be sure to look up your Local Farmers Market, Farmers Road Stand or Local Grower. You will find it’s ALWAYS the Freshest, least expensive Produce around. Supporting your LOCAL Farmers is one of the easiest things to do …How do you do it? Only buy Local Raised Produce… It’s that simple to SUPPORT and SAVE your Local Farmers.
With that said here’s how I proudly supported my Local Farmers, I went to my local Haines City, Farmers Market bought Sweet, Oh so juicy and delicious Florida Navel Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruits and Lemons! Located at Railroad Park 15 North 5th Street in Haines City, Florida. If you’re in the area drop by I bet you’ll have a FANTASTIC experience!
I am dedicating and dubbing this delicious NO-BAKE HOMEMADE Cheesecake “The Haines City, Florida Citrus Cheesecake”. ..When you decide to make this wonderful Cheesecake remember its Special Thanks to a LOCAL Haines City, Florida Farmer and His understanding family that it was created!
Florida Citrus Cheesecake
- 2 packages of your favorite graham crackers, crushed
- 1 and 1 / 2 stick of Real unsalted butter, melted
- 2 and 1 / 2 tablespoons sugar
- 16 ounces Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup of Buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping sees instructions and HOW to below
- 1 large Ruby Red Florida Grapefruit, thinly sliced and peel removed
- 1 large Florida Navel Orange, thinly sliced and peel removed
- 2 large lemons, thinly sliced and peel removed
- sugar, optional
- Chocolate mint leaves, for garnish
- In a medium glass mixing bowl add crushed graham crackers and sugar-Combine well. Add melted butter combine thoroughly.
- In a glass 9-inch pie dish or spring form 9 inch press mixture down and up the sides. Once done place in freezer for about 20 minutes or so.
- After 15 minutes have passed you will begin making your cheesecake filling. Using an electric mixer set at about medium-high speed- beat the Mascarpone cheese in a large bowl until completely smooth. Add the condensed milk and buttermilk a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl. Then you will want to add the lemon juice and vanilla while mixer is still running. After the lemon juice is incorporated set aside.
- Remove graham cracker crust from freezer place on counter and begin adding filling in pie pan or spring form pan. Once completed cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator 4 hours.
- Before serving remove peels off all fruit by utilizing kitchen shears or pastry shears (worst case scenario a very clean sharp scissors pair ) Simply cut around the edges of the orange with your kitchen or pastry shears.
- Arrange fruit as follows around fully set Cheesecake, in a circular path slice of grapefruit, slice of orange, slice of lemon continuously. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar if desired. Garnish with Mint. Cut and serve immediately.
- Smile and Thank your Local Florida Farmers!
NOTES: If you can not locate Mascarpone cheese cream cheese may be substituted.
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