Skinny Apple Cheesecake

“A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible”
Welsh Proverb

Is it not an oxymoron to call a cheesecake skinny? No! This low fat cheesecake was born from a windfall of apples and a lonely tub of cottage cheese in the fridge.  Calling it a “Cottage Cheese Apple Cheesecake” would surely have sent readers scurrying.  Yet making a cheesecake with cottage cheese totallly worked and reduced the fat content considerably. The texture of the cake was creamy and rich in spite of the absence of traditional cream cheese, much like that achieved with ricotta.  The sliced apples sautéed in brown sugar and butter made for a decadent  topping. The cake would be good also with a gingersnap crust for extra seasonal appeal.

image

Skinny Apple Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Apple topping:

  • 5 c apples, cored, peeled, and sliced as for pie filling
  • 3T unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • juice of a lemon

Crust:

  • 1 c Graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 T sugar

Cheesecake:

  • 24 oz small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 c low fat sour cream
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T vanilla

Directions:

Apple filling:  In a large saucepan, melt butter then add apple slices, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cook on medium heat, stirring often,  until apples are soft.  Cool to room temperature.  Reserve.

Crust:  Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a small bowl, mix the Graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a greased 9″ Springform pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Cool to room temperature.

Filling:  Preheat oven to 325 F.  In a food processor, mix together the cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, sugar and cornstarch until mixture is smooth.  Pour over the cooled crust.  Bake on the middle rack for one hour.  Center should be almost set.  Let cool for an hour on a wire rack.  Top with the cooked apples and refrigerate until ready to serve without removing sides of the pan until ready to serve.

image

Apple slices being sautéed in butter and brown sugar.

image

Graham cracker crumb crust bake until just a bit golden.

image

The cheesecake filling.

image

The filling poured over the crust before baking.

image

The apples spread over the top of the baked cheesecake.

image

The finished cake

image

The Basket of Apples, Paul Cézanne, 1895, Art Institute of Chicago

The Basket of Apples, Paul Cézanne, 1895, Art Institute of Chicago

           “With an apple I will astonish Paris.”  Paul Cézanne, 1839-1906

13 thoughts on “Skinny Apple Cheesecake

  1. Another yummy desert to try when a bag of apples come my way from the orchard. You must be in Canada celebrating with Mom and Michelle. Best wishes to all. Hope Stephane is doing better.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    • Bonjouno Bella Dona! Have been enjoying your photos from Rome. Yes, made it to Canada and had a fun celebration of my mom and sister’s bdays. Still waiting on test results…

      Johanne Lamarche

      >

  2. I am astonished every time I see this Cezanne painting…aren’t you? I love it and your post and that you often connect them to art work that can and often change our lives for the better. Great recipe as always. Happy November.

    • Such a simple painting, yet it transformed the art world and our perspective forever. I love it too Teresa and glad you got to be astonished once again, for a few minutes today. There was an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art a few years ago on Cezanne as the father of Modern Art and all the artists he influence. And to think an apple could hold such power!

      Johanne Lamarche

      >

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s