Pear & Ginger Cheesecake

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Pear & Ginger Cheesecake

Pear & Ginger Cheesecake

Softened dried pears give this low-fat cheesecake much of its body. For the best taste, let it rest for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Serves 12

Prep Time 40 min

Total Time 160 min.

Ingredients

  • 6 dried pear halves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup low-fat granola, (without dried fruit)
  • 16 ounces nonfat or low-fat cottage cheese, (1 3/4 cups)
  • 16 ounces nonfat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

Step 2

Place pears, ginger and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the liquid has been absorbed and the fruit is softened, 10 to 14 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, process granola in a food processor or blender until finely ground. Pour it into the prepared pan; turn and tilt the pan to coat the sides and press down into the bottom to make an even layer.

Step 4

Transfer the pear mixture to a food processor; process until a coarse paste forms, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Let cool for 10 minutes. Add cottage cheese and cream cheese; process until combined. Add granulated and brown sugars; process until smooth, scraping the sides as necessary. With the processor running, add eggs one at a time. Add flour and vanilla; process until creamy. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Rap the pan against the counter a few times so the granola on the sides falls onto the batter, forming a decorative edge.

Step 5

Bake the cheesecake until set, without a jiggle at the center when the pan is tapped, about 50 minutes. Turn the oven off. Let the cheesecake stand in the oven, with the door ajar, for 1 hour.

Step 6

Transfer the cheesecake to a wire rack to cool for 1 hour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.


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