New York Cheesecake (lighter recipe)

With its creamy texture and rich flavor, this light version of a classic dessert will easily pass for a high-fat indulgence!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 14 hr 5 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

3/4
cup graham cracker crumbs
2
tablespoons margarine, melted
2
tablespoons sugar
5
packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) , softened
1 3/4
cups sugar
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
tablespoon grated orange peel
1
tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/4
teaspoon salt
1 1/4
cups fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
2
egg yolks
Berries or cut-up fresh fruit, if desired

  • 1 Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 425ºF. Lightly grease side only of 9-inch springform pan with shortening.
  • 2 In small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, margarine and 2 tablespoons sugar; press evenly on bottom of pan.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 3/4 cups sugar, the flour, orange peel, lemon peel and salt with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Beat in egg product and egg yolks, beating on low speed until well blended. Pour over graham cracker mixture.
  • 4 Bake 15 minutes.
  • 5 Reduce oven temperature to 200ºF. Bake 1 hour longer. Cheesecake may not appear to be done, but if a small area in the center seems soft, it will become firm as cheesecake cools. (Do not insert a knife to test for doneness because the hole could cause cheesecake to crack.) Turn off oven; leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven and cool in pan on wire rack away from drafts 30 minutes.
  • 6 Without releasing or removing side of pan, run metal spatula along side of cheesecake to loosen. Refrigerate uncovered about 3 hours or until chilled; cover and continue refrigerating at least 9 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
  • 7 Run metal spatula along side of cheesecake to loosen again. Remove side of pan; leave cheesecake on pan bottom to serve. Serve with berries, if desired. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

The Neufchâtel found in most grocery stores is a lower-fat version of regular cream cheese, but true Neufchâtel is a soft, white, unripened cheese native to the Normandy region of France.

Planning to make your own graham cracker crumbs? You’ll need about 10 cracker squares to get the 3/4 cup of crumbs called for here. If you want to make a big batch to have on hand for other desserts, freeze crumbs in a self-sealing freezer bag.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
(
Calories from Fat
170 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19 g
19 %
(Saturated Fat
11 g,
11 %
),
Cholesterol
80 mg
80 %;
Sodium
390 mg
390 %;
Total Carbohydrate
30 g
30 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
10 g
10 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.