Photo: Karry Hosford
Yield
10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

"This is my family's favorite cheesecake--I make it for birthdays. I revised the original recipe by using low-fat cottage cheese and cream cheese, and I added the strawberries." --CL Reader

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Press graham cracker crumbs into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray.

Step 3

Place cottage cheese in a blender, and process until smooth. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cream cheese, and sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at low speed until smooth. Beat in cottage cheese and vanilla. Add egg whites and egg, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour cheese mixture into prepared pan.

Step 4

Combine strawberries and water in a blender, and process until smooth. Swirl strawberry mixture into cheese mixture using the tip of a knife.

Step 5

Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250° (do not remove cheesecake from oven); bake an additional 45 minutes or until cheesecake center barely moves when pan is touched.

Step 6

Remove cheesecake from oven; run a knife around the outside edge. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Cut into wedges.

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