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Friday, July 31, 2009

Raspberry Cottage Cheesecake

it's been awhile since i've written about my bff Kelcy. she came to visit recently, in time for the premiere of the latest Harry Potter movie. one of the things that you'll love about kelcy, other than the 5 i've listed already, is that she is a potter head. i refused to partake in the harry potter phenom for years but she wore me down. much like the time in college when she basically pressured me into sharing a bottle of Jose Cuervo with her and we ended up walking home, tiaras on our heads (it was halloween) with tears streaming down our faces because we were more intoxicated than the fraternity brothers at the party. so now i am a potter head too. together, she and i dissect the plots, analyze Hermione's method of making Ron jealous (it's actually quite genius), debate who is hotter Remus or Sirius. what's not to love about someone who does all this with me?! further, we made BUTTERBEER when she arrived. i wanted to create a menu straight out of the books but somehow figuring out how to make a treacle tart or cauldron cakes seemed a bit much. so the dessert i decided to make is decidedly un-Potter-like but still screamed of Kelcy: Raspberry Cottage Cheesecake.

she and i, we're not as skinny as we were when we first met freshman year. in fact, when we're not discussing HP, we're talking about food: what we're eating, what we wish we were eating, what we shouldn't eat but do anyway, and lately, how hefferly we've been feeling but we won't give up dessert. Cottage cheesecake seemed like a healthy alternative to the "real" stuff. the recipe calls for the use of low fat yogurt too. i mean, really. if that's not watch-your-weight-cus-you're-no-longer-in-college ingredients for a healthy dessert, i don't know what would be!

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Raspberry Cottage Cheesecake
from bakingbites

3/4 cup cottage cheese
2/3 cup low fat plain yogurt
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp brown sugar (i did not add this)
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 egg white
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 - 2 cups raspberries

*i also added a graham cracker crust, leftover from the chocolate coffee tart. again, nuria took care of the crust.

Grease and line a 7″ springfoam pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine all the ingredients except for raspberries in a bowl. i used a hand food processor and mixed till everything was smooth and well incorporated. at the end, fold in the raspberries, taking care to not smush them.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 30-40 minutes, until just set. (i also put in a pan of hot water on the rack below to add some steam and ward off any cracks)

Let cool at least 30 minutes. Serve hot or chilled.
Serves 5-6.

Calories: approx. 150 cals.

i got impatient and did not wait till it was cooled sufficiently and tried to spring the cake out, causing a crack down the middle. i cussed like a sailor.

Verdict:
we enjoyed it, it was lighter than a normal cheesecake. the raspberries were just perfect eaten fresh, i should've chosen some riper berries to use. it wasn't a sweet dessert, but it did hit the sweet spot.

Today's song: Adele, Not Drunk Enough

12 comments:

  1. yum yum, I'm always looking for cheesecake recipes!

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  2. that looks so yummy. i think i'm drooling a little.

    and butterbeer? that sounds good too... hmmm. harry potter <3

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  3. sarah, please def. try this. it's so much healthier but it'll satiate any cheesecake or sweet craving. :)

    christy, thank you, it was definiately good. and the butterbeer was surprisingly yummy too. long live Harry Potter.

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  4. I like this! Looks so fresh and light. I bet it tastes great without the crust as well. The crust is the part that usually keeps me from making cheesecake. It's not that it's terribly difficult or labor-intensive. I'm just more lazy than an average person.

    Wild college days you got there ... :)

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  5. rice cake...

    the cheesecake kind of reminded me of us: sweet and tart. i really loved it!

    Potter for President-

    xoxo,
    big k

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  6. Sirius is hotter. No question about it. :)

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  7. any cold desserts with fruit make me very happy on hot summer days

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  8. leela,
    i thought of making this without the crust but i wanted something crunchy to offset the creaminess. i'm lucky because my roommate looooves playing with the crust when we bake together. :)

    kelcy,
    dirty girl. miss you.

    elizabeth,
    sirius is bolder but for some reason Lupin's seriousness really pulled at my heart strings.

    justin,
    you are so right. it just makes a summer day all the better when there's something cool and refreshing to nibble on. :)

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  9. any cold desserts with fruit make me very happy on hot summer days

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  10. leela,
    i thought of making this without the crust but i wanted something crunchy to offset the creaminess. i'm lucky because my roommate looooves playing with the crust when we bake together. :)

    kelcy,
    dirty girl. miss you.

    elizabeth,
    sirius is bolder but for some reason Lupin's seriousness really pulled at my heart strings.

    justin,
    you are so right. it just makes a summer day all the better when there's something cool and refreshing to nibble on. :)

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  11. rice cake...

    the cheesecake kind of reminded me of us: sweet and tart. i really loved it!

    Potter for President-

    xoxo,
    big k

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  12. I like this! Looks so fresh and light. I bet it tastes great without the crust as well. The crust is the part that usually keeps me from making cheesecake. It's not that it's terribly difficult or labor-intensive. I'm just more lazy than an average person.

    Wild college days you got there ... :)

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