Donna’s Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake

Cheesecakes are usually decadent but this one is a surprise. It is creamy and delicious but calories and fat have been significantly reduced. It has a wonderful fresh lemon flavor.

1 graham cracker pie crust

Cheese Cake
1-3/4 cups cottage cheese, 2% fat 8 ounces Neufchatel reduced fat cream cheese 1 cup fat-free or reduced fat sour cream 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup Splenda or additional sugar 3 eggs 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup flour 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 teaspoon lemon zest 1/4 cup poppy seeds

Prepare graham cracker crust according to package directions. Press graham cracker mixture into a deep 10 inch pie pan. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place cottage cheese and Neufchatel cheese in food processor and blend until very smooth. Add sour cream, sugar, lemon juice, flour, vanilla and eggs. Process until smooth. Stir in lemon zest and poppy seeds.

Pour mixture into graham cracker crust.* Bake for 75?90 minutes or until set in the middle. Chill well before serving. Serve with fresh fruit.

*Note: If there is too much cheesecake mixture to fit into your pie pan, bake the extra batter in a small individual soufflé cup or dish.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information per serving:

Calories: 285 Fat, gm.: 12 Protein, gm.: 10 Carbs, gm.: 35 Cholesterol, mg.: 65 Fiber, gm.: 0.9