Elegant Orange Blossom Cheesecake

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Elegant Orange Blossom CheesecakeElegant Orange Blossom Cheesecake

3 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 60 cookies)
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons grated orange peel, divided
1/3 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup sliced fresh gingerroot
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

3 cups water
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 small navel oranges, thinly sliced

Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
In a large bowl, combine crumbs, 2 teaspoons orange peel and butter. Press onto bottom and 2-in. up sides of prepared pan.

In a large saucepan, combine orange juice and ginger; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until syrupy and reduced to about 3 tablespoons. Strain and…

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