Viennese-Style Amaretto Cheesecake

Blending a homemade meringue with farmer's cheese gives this cheesecake the look of a traditional cheesecake but with less calories and fat.

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (7 oz or 200 g) amaretti cookies (around 42 cookies), finely crushed (see Cook's Tip)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) light butter, melted
  • 1 pkg (16 oz) farmer's cheese (see Cook's Tip)
  • 1   orange
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) sugar, divided
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, separated, divided
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) 2% milk
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) almond extract
  • 1 lb (450 g) fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) honey, warmed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). For crust, lightly spray sides of Springform Pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line sides of pan with two 2 1/2 x 13 1/2-in. (6 x 34-cm) pieces of Parchment Paper. Combine cookie crumbs and butter in Classic Batter Bowl; stir until combined. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and slightly up sides of pan. Bake 12-14 minutes or until crust is slightly browned. Remove pan from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack.

  2. For filling, place cheese in food processor; process until smooth. Using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater, zest orange to measure 1 tbsp (15 mL). In Stainless (6-qt./6-L) Mixing Bowl, combine zest, 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the sugar, flour, egg yolks, milk and extract. Beat on medium speed of electric hand mixer until smooth. Beat in cheese until smooth and creamy; set aside.

  3. In Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl and using clean beaters, beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. While continuously beating, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar in a very slow, steady stream. Continue beating 3-4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, meringue is glossy and stiff peaks form.

  4. Stir one-fourth of the meringue into cheese mixture using Small Mix 'N Scraper®; gently fold in remaining meringue. Pour filling over crust. Bake 45-50 minutes or until center is set when gently shaken and top is very light golden brown. Remove pan from oven to cooling rack; cool 10 minutes. Remove collar and parchment from pan. Replace collar; cool completely, about 3 hours. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, slice strawberries using Egg Slicer Plus®. Top cheesecake with strawberries and brush with honey using Chef's Silicone Basting Brush.

Yield:

  • 16  servings of 1 slice

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 170, Total Fat 4.5 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 60 mg, Carbohydrate 27 g, Protein 6 g, Sodium 45 mg, Fiber 1 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat (2 carb) 

Cook's Tips:

Amaretti cookies are traditional Italian cookies that can be found in the cookie section of most grocery stores.

Farmer's cheese is a fresh white cheese that is often sold in a firm, solid loaf. It has a slightly tangy flavor. Look for cheese that has 1.5 g fat in 2 tbsp (30 mL).

For best results, top the cheesecake with strawberries just before serving.

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