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Benihana Mandarin Orange Cheesecake copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Benihana Mandarin Orange Cheesecake


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This charismatic cheesecake is a specialty at the world's largest Benihana restaurant located in the Hilton hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Check it out: The lightly orange-flavored, fluffed-up cream cheese sits on layer of soft white cake, the edge is frosted and coated with crunchy hazelnut crumbs, and the top is covered with wedges of mandarin oranges in an orange-flavored gelatin. Every element of this top secret kitchen clone is made from scratch, and the finished product is well worth the work you put in. For the cake layer, we whip up just enough of a simple white cake batter to fit into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. The cheese layer in our clone is created with a special custom combination of gelatin, Dream Whip and cream cheese so that no baking is required to firm it up. You could, of course, use a store-bought white frosting for the edge of the cake, but since you only need a small amount of frosting, the clone recipe here makes it cheaper. The hazelnuts are candied with sugar and reduced to crumbs in a food processor. You can find a 1/2-cup bag of chopped hazelnuts in most supermarkets that are perfect for this. And two 15-ounce cans of mandarin orange wedges is just the right amount for garnishing the top. Just be sure to save 1/2-cup of the liquid from the cans of orange wedges to create the gel that holds the topping in place.

Complete the Benihana experience with my copycat recipes for their Japanese onion soup, ginger salad dressing, fried rice, and hibachi chicken and steak with dipping sauces

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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GTW
Jul 4, 2014, 22:00

While this did take a while to make, it wasn't really hard and everyone raved about it. I've already been asked to make it again!

Rebecca Harman
Apr 2, 2013, 22:00

I've made this several times for special occasions and again this Easter. It's my daughter's favorite. Quite delicious!

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