prep time: 30 minutes
cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes
ready in: 2 hours 15 minutes
makes: 16 servings, 1 slice each
- 40 vanilla wafers
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 2½ cups low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
- 12 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese (not nonfat) cut into pieces
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Coat a 9-inch spring-form pan with cooking spray. Wrap the outside of the pan with a double thickness of foil.
- In a food processor, grind vanilla wafers, then slowly add oil and process until the crumbs are moistened. Press crumbs evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- In a clean food processor bowl, puree cottage cheese until smooth, scraping down sides. Add cream cheese, granulated sugar and cornstarch; process until very smooth. Add eggs, yogurt and vanilla; process until smooth.
- Pour over crust. Place cheesecake in a shallow roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water around the pan to come 1/2 inch up the outside of the spring-form pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 1½–1¾ hours, or until edges are set. Turn off oven, spray a knife with cooking spray and run it around the inside edge of the pan.
- Let cheesecake stand in the oven, with the door open, for 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from water bath. Refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled, about 2 hours.
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