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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin CheesecakeA blend of low-fat ricotta cheese and fat-free cream cheese keeps this cheesecake within reach of dieters.

Recipe Ingredients:

For Crust:
3/4 cup finely crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted

For Filling:
1 (15-ounce) carton low-fat ricotta cheese
1 (8-ounce) tub fat-free cream cheese
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup skim milk
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel (set aside)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Light whipped dessert topping (optional)
Pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Crust: In a medium mixing bowl stir together the crushed graham crackers and melted margarine or butter until crackers are moistened. Press mixture onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  2. For Filling: In a food processor bowl or blender container combine half of the ricotta cheese, half of the cream cheese, half of the pumpkin, and half of the milk. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Repeat remaining ricotta, cream cheese, pumpkin, and milk.
  3. In a small saucepan sprinkle the gelatin over orange juice; let stand 5 minutes. Cook and stir over mixture. Stir in the orange peel, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and the pumpkin pie spice. Pour mixture into chilled crust. Cover; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm.
  4. To serve, loosen crust from sides of pan; remove sides of pan. Cut into wedges. If desired, garnish with whipped topping and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice.

Makes 12 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): calories: 142, total fat: 2g, saturated fat: 0g, cholesterol: 7mg, sodium: 214mg, carbohydrate: 23g, fiber: 1g, protein: 11g.

Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Lean Meat.

Recipe and photograph provided by Better Homes and Gardens - BHG.com a member of the Home and Family Network for the best of cooking, gardening, decorating and more. © 2003 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.