1 cup reduced-fat graham cracker crumbs (about 10 cookie sheets)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, melted
1 cup 2% low-fat cottage cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese
3 large eggs
1 large egg white
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) carton low-fat sour cream
1 (8-ounce) carton fat-free sour cream
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare the crust, combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Firmly press the crumb mixture into the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes, and cool the crust on a wire rack.
To prepare filling, combine cottage cheese, 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla, salt, and cream cheeses in a food processor; process 1 minute or until smooth. Add eggs and egg white, 1 at a time, pulsing after each addition. Add 1 cup sugar; process just until blended.
Pour the cheese mixture into the prepared crust, and bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until the cheesecake is almost set. Remove the cheesecake from oven, and let stand 10 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450°.
To prepare topping, combine 3 tablespoons sugar and the remaining ingredients. Spread evenly over cheesecake. Bake cheesecake at 450° for 5 minutes or until set. Cool completely on wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours.
This cheesecake tastes great and does not take a long time to make. I did make a few changes from the instructions; I used low fat sour cream and cream cheese instead of non-fat and mixed it with a mixer instead of a food processer. I topped it with fresh raspberries. My guests said it was delicious and I would definitly make this again for company or to bring to a potluck. It is easy enough for an everyday dessert as well.
This recipe was very quick and easy to make, and everyone loved it (and couldn't believe it was a "light" recipe). My only problem was the sour cream topping--even after 10 min. in the oven, it was still barely set. I followed the recipe exactly, other than the added time in the oven for the topping.