Light Cheesecake

Light Cheesecake ||hungrybrownie||

I had this insane idea about adding a strawberry puree to a light cheesecake batter, you know, to make a strawberry cheesecake. Terrible idea! The batter turned out very runny which resulted to a very VERY runny cheesecake, even after my attempts of putting it in the fridge to set overnight.  I honestly do not mind failing in the kitchen because that is how I learn to perfect recipes, but what bothered me was I ruined my husband’s surprise cake for his birthday.  What a terrible idea to try a new recipe on a special day!

Light Cheesecake ||hungrybrownie||

The next day, I rummaged through my recipe box of my favorite recipes and found this recipe for a healthy or light cheesecake which I used to make.  What makes this cheesecake “light” is the switching to low-fat or non-fat cream cheese and sour cream. Plus, if you streamline the graham crust, you will definitely cut off some calories on that too. But personally I love the crusts a little thick, and I’m willing to add some calories for that. It’s totally up to you!

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Light Cheesecake
Yields 16
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  2. 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  3. 2 packages (8 ounce) fat free or reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  4. 3/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  6. 1 pint (16 ounces) fat-free sour cream, at room temperature
  7. 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  8. 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  9. 1 large egg whites, at room temperature
Special equipment
  1. 9-inch springform pan
  2. 18-inch square aluminum foil
  3. A large, high-sided roasting pan
To make the crust
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place the aluminum foil on a flat surface. Place the springform pan in the middle of the foil and gently fold up the sides of the foil around the pan, crimping the edges around the top edge of the pan.
  2. 2.In a medium bowl, stir graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter until moistened. Dump this mixture into the sprinform pan and firmly press mixture evenly using your hands. Bake crust for about 15 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and cool.
To make the cheesecake filling
  1. 1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, soft and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and cornstarch and slowly beat the mixture. Reduce the mixing speed to low, and beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add the eggs and egg white, one at a time, until well blended. Do not over mix.
  2. 2. Pour the batter into the springform pan. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
To cook the cheesecake
  1. 1. Place the springform pan in a large, high-sided roasting pan and put in oven. Carefully pour 2 quarts of boiling water into the roasting pan to create a water bath for the cheesecake. Pour until water reaches halfway up the springform pan, about 1 1/4 inches. (Careful not to touch the hot oven while doing this, or alternatively add the water before putting the pan in the oven)
  2. 2. Bake for an hour. After baking, turn off the oven and crack open the oven door (1 inch) and let the cheesecake cool inside, for about 1 hour.
  3. 3. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Run a thin knife around the edge of the cheesecake to prevent cracking during cooling. Cool on wire rack for another hour or two.
  4. 4. Cover with foil (without touching the cheesecake) and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Remove the sides of springform pan before serving.
Notes
  1. Garnish with your favorite fruit!
Adapted from Good housekeeping
Adapted from Good housekeeping
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Comments

  1. consuelohoneyandfigs says

    Cheesecake is my absolute favourite, but healthy cheesecake is even better! I must try your recipe soon, thanks for sharing!
    p.s: I love your blog, so glad I came across it via foodgawker! Cheers! x

    • says

      I hope you will love it! The best thing about this it doesn’t taste “light” at all, which is pretty good i think! Thanks for stopping by Consuelo :)

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