Friday, September 25, 2009

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with Blueberries

A light and luscious version of everyone's favorite dessert--topped with blueberries in a sweet syrup
1 cup reduced fat vanilla wafer cookie crumbs (about 30 wafers)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 cups fat free ricotta cheese
2 (8 ounce) packages reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
Finely grated zest of one large lemon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup blueberries
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 9 X 3 inch spring form pan with cooking spray. In a medium sized bowl, combine cookie crumbs, melted butter, and honey--stir until combined. Press mixture into spring form pan. Refrigerate crust while preparing filling. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together ricotta cheese, and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Beat in granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low, add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour cheesecake filling onto cookie crust. Place pan in center of oven and bake at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes, until cheesecake center is set, but slightly wobbly. Remove pan from oven and cool cheesecake on a wire rack, until room temperature. Spread top of cheesecake with blueberry topping. Cover cheesecake, place in refrigerator, and chill for 5 hours, or until ready to serve. For serving, run a knife around outside edge of pan, loosen pan sides, and slice. To make blueberry topping, melt 1/2 tablespoon butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and bring mixture to a light boil, stirring frequently (about 1-2 minutes). Add blueberries to sauce pan, and cook 2-3 minutes, until blueberries are starting to release their juices. Remove pan from heat and cool mixture slightly, before spreading on top of cheesecake.
Notes: Delicious, fresh, and healthy tasting. It doesn't taste low fat. It reminds me of an Italian summer dessert. I LOVE lemon and blueberries together.
Number of Servings: 12
Submitted by: emiliehobbs3124558

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