Makeover Traditional Cheesecake
This lightened-up dessert has all of the original’s delectable flavor. It’s sure to make any special event more festive. Omit the candy toppings and enjoy this one plain with coffee if you prefer. —Anne Addesso, Sheboygan, WI
Prep: 40 min. Bake: 11/2 hours + chilling Makes: 16 servings
13/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 2 cups 1% cottage cheese 2 cups reduced-fat sour cream, divided 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) reduced-fat cream cheese 11/4 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 Tbsp. fat-free caramel
ice cream topping
2 Heath candy bars
(1.4 oz. each), chopped
1. Place a 9-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
2. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and confectioners’ sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° until lightly browned, 18-22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
3. Place lemon juice, vanilla, cottage cheese and 1 cup sour cream in a blender; cover and process until smooth, about 2 minutes.
4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the remaining sour cream. Add the flour and pureed cottage cheese mixture; mix well. Add the eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust.
5. Place springform pan in a larger baking pan; add 3/4 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 325° until center is just set and the top appears dull, about 11/2 hours. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
6. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with caramel topping and chopped candy.
1 SLICE 311 cal., 15g fat (9g sat. fat),
93mg chol., 369mg sod., 32g carb.
(25g sugars, 0 fiber), 11g pro.
HEALTH TIP Even reduced-fat cream cheese is quite rich. Use 1% cottage cheese in place of some of the cream cheese to help save on calories, saturated fat and total fat in this cheesecake.
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