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Praline-Crunch Cheesecake


20 vanilla wafers
--2 1/2 ounces
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 1/2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese; softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1 cup non-fat plain yogurt
3 tablespoons bourbon; optional
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
--2 1/2 teaspoons if not using bour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans


1. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly oil a 9-inch springform pan or coat it with nonstick spray. Put a kettle of water on to heat for the water bath. Wrap outside of pan with a double thickness of foil to prevent water from seeping in.

2. In a food processor, finely grind vanilla wafers. Add oil and process until well combined. Press into bottom of pan.


1. In a food processor, puree cottage cheese until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl. Add cream cheese, granulated and brown sugars and cornstarch. Process until smooth. Add egg, egg whites, yogurt, bourbon, if using, and vanilla; process until smooth. Pour over crust.

2. Place cheesecake in a shallow roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come 1/2 inch up the outside of the springform pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until edges are set but center still jiggles when pan is tapped.

3. Turn off oven. Spray a knife with nonstick spray and run it around the inside edge of the pan. Let cheesecake stand in the oven, with door ajar, for 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from water bath and transfer to a wire rack; let cool. Refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled; cover with plastic wrap. (The cheesecake will keep, covered, in the refrigeratorfor up to 2 days.)

4. Just before serving, sprinkle cheesecake with Pecan Praline Topping.

MAKES 16 SERVINGS. 195 calories per serving; 9 grams protein; 7 grams fat (2.9 grams saturated fat); 25 grams carbohydrate; 300 mg sodium; 26 mg cholesterol; 0 grams fiber.

Pecan Praline Topping:

1. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with non-stick spray.

2. In a small heavy saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, without stirring, until syrup turns medium amber, 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and stir in pecans. Pour onto prepared baking sheet, spreading in a thin layer. Let stand until praline is cool and brittle.

3. Slide a metal spatula under praline to loosen it from pan; crack into small pieces. Place in a food processor and pluse until coarsely crushed or ground. (The praline will keep, tightly covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days.)

Makes 1 cup.

35 calories per tablespoon; 1 gram fat.

Praline is also delicious on frozen yogurt.

Busted by Gail Shermeyer <>

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Contributor: Eating Well, November 1997

Yield: 16 servings

Preparation Time: 0:00

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