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New York Cheesecake

New York CheesecakeAll the richness and decadence of the original, but this version has 46% fewer calories. Serve with strawberry or raspberry sauce, if desired.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
4 tablespoons stick butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful*

Cheesecake:
3 (8-ounce each) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup Equal® Spoonful**
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint strawberries, sliced (optional)

Strawberry Sauce (optional):
1 (16-ounce) package frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup Equal® Spoonful***

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Crust: Combine vanilla wafer crumbs, butter, and 2 tablespoons Equal®. Press onto bottom and 1/2-inch up side of a 9-inch springform pan. Reserve 1 tablespoon of crumb mixture. Bake in preheated 325°F oven 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack while preparing cheesecake.
  2. For Cheesecake: Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup Equal® in mixing bowl until smooth and well combined. Mix in eggs, egg whites and cornstarch. Fold in sour cream and vanilla until well combined. Pour mixture over baked crust.
  3. Bake in preheated oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center of cake is almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven; sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Cool on wire rack. Gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Let cheesecake cool completely. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.
  4. To Make Strawberry Sauce: Process packaged strawberries in food processor or blender until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and 1/4 cup Equal®. Refrigerate until serving time.
    To serve, remove side of pan. Cut cake into wedges. Serve with strawberries and Strawberry Sauce, if desired.

Makes 16 servings.

*May substitute 3 packets Equal sweetener.

**May substitute 18 packets Equal sweetener.

***May substitute 6 packets Equal sweetener.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): calories 160, protein 7 g, carbohydrate 10 g, fat 10 g, cholesterol 57 mg, sodium 208 mg.

Food Exchanges: 1 milk, 2 fat.

Recipe provided courtesy of Merisant Corporation ® and the NutraSweet Company, makers of Equal®.

Information on the artificial sweetener Aspartame.