A Bit Healthier Cheesecake

Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbs unsweetened applesauce

Filling:
2 cups non-fat cottage cheese
2 cups light cream cheese
1/2 cup yogurt cheese (see below)
3 eggs
1 Tbs all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbs vanilla extract

Topping:
1 cup unsweetened frozen cherries
1/4 cup sugar

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Lightly coat a 10-inch spring form pan with canola.

In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and applesauce.  Mix well.  Press into the bottom of the spring form pan.  Set aside.
In a blender container, puree cottage cheese until smooth.  In a mixing bowl, combine pureed cottage cheese, cream cheese and yogurt cheese and blend with an electric mixer on high until smooth, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time and blend well.  Add flour, sugar, and vanilla extract. Blend well and pour into crust.

Bake for 40 minutes.  Turn off heat to oven and allow the cheesecake to cool slowly in oven for 30 minutes more.  Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes before refrigerating.

In medium saucepan, combine cherries with sugar and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved and cherries begin to break down, about 10 minutes.  Add water, if necessary to keep from scorching.

When cheesecake is cold, remove spring form sides and slice into 16 portions.  Serve 1 Tbs of cherries over cheesecake.

Cooks Note (Yogurt Cheese):
Yogurt cheese can be made by wrapping yogurt in cheesecloth and inverting over an open container.  Place in refrigerator overnight and excess water in the yogurt will drip to the bottom of the container.  The remaining yogurt cheese will be richer and creamier.

(HOWEVER, If you were like us...and didn't want to wait overnight for the yogurt cheese, just use an equal amount of cream cheese and add it to the amount of cream cheese already in the recipe.)

We also used the pre-made graham cracker crust (not as healthy).  Keep in mind, if you go that route, you will need to graham cracker crusts to fit all of the filling.  :D

Nutritional Analysis:
Make 16 servings.  Each serving contains approximately:
175 calories
9g protein
20g carbohydrate
6 g fat
59 mg cholesterol
328 mg sodium trace fiber

Source:
Love Notes to our Moms and Other Women of Influence.
The Book Volume V, page 27

Interesting Facts:
This cookbook was produced in 2007 by an organization called Speaking of Women's Health
Motto:  Be Strong * Be Healthy * Be in Charge
Website with more info:  www.speakingofwomenshealth.com
National Honorary Chair is Florence Henderson (Mom of Brady Bunch).
All the recipes in the book are by Women who are all higher-ups and executives in companies that range from L'Oreal Paris to Kellogs. It has a couple pictures of them and a page about them before their recipe.
The recipe above is from: Beverly Lybrand, VP & General Manager of HPV Franchise, Merck.

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