The name says it all! Get the luscious velvety texture of a rich cheesecake with less fat thanks to the greek yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese.
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups plus 2 tbsp. sugar, divided
1 container (32 oz.) low-fat cottage cheese
2 packages (8 oz. each) neufchâtel cheese
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
3 large egg whites
1 cup low-fat (1%) Greek yogurt
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1 tbsp. sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, drain cottage cheese in a strainer 15 minutes. Whirl cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add neufchâtel and 2 cups sugar and blend until no lumps remain. Then add flour, vanilla, lemon zest, salt, eggs, and egg whites and blend until mixture is smooth, scraping inside of bowl as needed. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake until edges are puffed slightly and center barely jiggles when pan is shaken gently, about 1 1/2 hours. Turn off oven, leave door slightly ajar, and let cheesecake sit in oven another 30 minutes.
Mix together yogurt and remaining 1 tbsp. sugar. Put cheesecake on a cooling rack. Carefully spread yogurt-sugar mixture over top of cheesecake and let cool completely. Chill, covered with foil, at least 4 hours. Run a thin knife around the outside of the cheesecake to loosen, remove side of pan, and slice cheesecake with a hot knife.
I pulled up this low fat wonder from my archives for the holidays and gave it a try. I used scant amounts of sugar, not enough lemon zest (will add tons more next time), and used a combination of Greek yogurt and sour cream. it's a light and satisfying cheesecake. I really love the height of this cake, too - would be nice with some macerated berries and other fresh fruit. It served as a good balance to other sweeter dessert options that I made for the sweeter tooths in our family.
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