Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Orange Cloud Cheesecake


ORANGE CLOUD CHEESECAKE
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

Crust:
1 1/2 Panera Bread Orange Scones, crumbled
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter, unsalted

Cheesecake:
2 pounds Panera Bread Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese Spread, or other reduced-fat plain cream cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Beat in orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla.

Using clean beaters and a clean bowl, whip the egg whites and cream of tartar on low speed until combined, 1 minute. Increase speed to high and whip until mixture forms stiff peaks when beaters are lifted, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently fold into the cream cheese mixture until just a few fluffs of white remain.

Pour mixture into the frozen crust, smoothing the top. Bake until puffed, lightly browned and set on sides but still with a little jiggle in the center, 50 to 60 minutes. Prop open the oven door, turn off the heat, and let rest in the oven for 1 hour. Cake will rise in the oven, but then will settle back down upon cooling. Remove to a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or up to 3 days before serving.

Notes: You can replace the Panera Bread Orange Scones with 1 1/2 cups of butter cookie crumbs and 1/4 cup of melted butter combined in a food processor. Either crust can be made ahead and frozen for up to 2 days. The entire cheesecake can also be baked and refrigerated for up to 3 days before serving.

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