What's that you say? Oatmeal? Ha! I prefer my breakfast. Here's the recipe:
Cottage Cheese Cheesecake
Ingredients for the crust:
1 1/2 cups graham crackers, ground
1/4 cup real butter
olive oil to brush your pan (and add to the crust as needed.)
Optional: 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds if you have them.
Directions for the crust:
In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients and spread on the bottom of an olive oiled 9 inch cake pan. (I use a 10 inch cast iron skillet.)
Ingredients for the cake:
|Now we must decide on a topping.|
4 large eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 pints (4 cups) cottage cheese (I use 4% milk fat at 120 calories per cup.)
Optional: You can add a bit of lemon zest if you have a lemon to zest. (Alternately, you can use one pint of cottage cheese + one 8 ounce package of Neufchatel cheese for your cheesecake. I made it both ways, all cottage cheese (which is richer in protein) and 1/2 and 1/2. Both worked.)
Directions for the cake:
You must use a blender for this recipe to produce a creamy cheesecake. It will turn lumpy cottage cheese into a smooth consistency.
1) Put the first 3 ingredients into the blender and blend. Pause and add the sugar, salt, some of the milk and flour. Blend until done. Eyeball the milk and use up to 3/4 of a cup as needed.
2) Pour your cheesecake batter over the graham cracker crust.
3) Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, or until the center is done.
4) Remove from the oven and cool. After 20 minutes, take a knife and loosen from the side of the baking pan (or skillet), then let cool completely.
For a topping, you can open a can of cherries and call it a day, if you wish. I made an easy 5 minute lemon curd for mine --
Ingredients for the lemon curd topping:
2 large eggs
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
Eyeball a careful splash of milk
Optional: 3 tablespoons of butter (I omitted butter: Flavor vs calories, you decide for yourself.)
Directions for the topping:
1) In a saucepan, whisk the eggs into the lemon juice. Turn on the heat until it simmers; and keep whisking.
2) Add the sugar (and butter if you use it). Continue whisking.
3) Turn off the heat, and let cool a bit before adding the corn starch. Pour a splash of milk into a cup and dissolve the cornstarch into it. Corn starch will thicken the milk. Make sure it dissolves completely before pouring it into the mixture.
4) Turn the heat back on, and whisk until it thickens; then pour the lemon curd over the baked cheesecake.
I won't lie: Rich, full fat, artery-clogging cheesecake can't be beat. But, what a creamy, healthy alternative. The only bad ingredient is the sugar, which is difficult to reduce without ruining the flavor. So think of this as a dessert ... and a treat.
The cheesecake is good chilled in the refrigerator. Plus it freezes well and thaws in 20-30 seconds in a microwave.
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