Saturday, June 18, 2011

#47 - No-Sugar-Added Cheesecake

Emily's headed to New Jersey tomorrow to celebrate Father's Day with Papa Beck. To commemorate the occasion, while keeping in mind certain dietary restrictions, we decided to got with a tasty dessert that keeps the excess to a minimum.

No-Sugar-Added Cheesecake

From Delicious Disney
As you can tell by the ingredients, this is not your standard cheesecake. There's reduced fat cookies, fat free cream cheese, light sour cream, and Splenda. We're lucky that butter even made it on the counter with this one.
To start off this recipe, you have to make the cookie crust. And all that takes is a good KA-BONG!
Then you mix together all the reduced-something ingredients.
Add three eggs, and one yolk-free egg.
And then once it's all mixed together, it's just pour and bake.
When it was all finished, this cheesecake came out better than it sounded, and a lot better than it looked. We don't know what went wrong, but our cake had a lot of cracks that we don't think were meant to be there.

But taste-wise this cake was pretty good. It probably could have used one of those reduced-something ingredients to be swapped out with the original (we're thinking the cream cheese) but it was still a nice dessert as-is and it probably would be extra tasty with some fruit on top. We only had a little sample tonight since the cake is for everyone's favorite Linus, but hopefully the Becks will enjoy it tomorrow.
As long as you aren't planning on crashing the Becks' Father's Day celebration, go ahead and try your hand at this recipe:
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar-free vanilla wafer cookies, crushed
  • 4 Tbs butter, melted
  • 4 Tbs sugar-free sweetener
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch round springfoam pan.
  3. Bake for 7 minutes, then allow to cool completely.
  4. Reduce oven to 325.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the sweetener and cornstarch.
  6. Add cream cheese, then beat at a low speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  7. Add eggs, egg whites, and sour cream and beat at low speed for 1 minute.
  8. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  9. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract, beating for 1 more minute.
  10. Pour into prepared crust. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until firm and golden around the edges but still slightly moist in the center.
  11. Let cool thoroughly, and serve.

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