Cream cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream lend a velvety texture to this cheesecake. For a crust with intense ginger, use English-style gingersnap cookies.
- Portion size 12 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2003
- 6 clementines or 4 oranges
- 21 gingersnap cookies
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 pkg (8 oz/250 g each) light cream cheese
- 1 3/4 cup 1% cottage cheese
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- 1 tablespoon finely grated clementine rind
- 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup clementine juice
- 1 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
MethodCheesecake: Line bottom and side of 8- or 9-inch (2 or 2.5 L) springform pan with parchment paper. Centre pan on square of heavy-duty foil; press foil up around side.
In food processor, crumble cookies to make 1 cup (250 mL) fine crumbs; blend in butter. Press over bottom of prepared pan. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven until firm to the touch, about 8 minutes. Let cool on rack.
Meanwhile, in food processor, blend together cream cheese, cottage cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, pulsing to blend. Blend in sour cream, clementine rind, cornstarch and vanilla. Pour over crust, smoothing top.
Set springform pan in larger shallow pan; pour in enough hot water to come 1 inch (2.5 cm) up side. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven until shine disappears, edge is set and centre jiggles slightly, 50 to 65 minutes. Remove pan from water; remove foil and let cool on rack. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
Clementine Syrup: Meanwhile, in small saucepan, bring clementine juice and sugar to boil, stirring until dissolved. Boil over medium heat, stirring often, until reduced to 1 cup (250 mL), about 20 minutes. Let cool. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week.)
Cut rind and membranes from each clementine; cut between membranes and pulp to release sections into bowl. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)
To serve, top each slice of cheesecake with clementines; drizzle with syrup.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 568 mg
- Protein 11 g
- Calories 334.0
- Total fat 14 g
- Cholesterol 69 mg
- Saturated fat 8 g
- Total carbohydrate 42 g
- Iron 8.0
- Folate 15.0
- Calcium 11.0
- Vitamin A 11.0
- Vitamin C 57.0