Recipe by Feast Your Eyes!
Traditional chocolate cheesecake is easily lightened in fat and calories by making a few changes in this recipe's ingredient list. These changes have allowed more than 500 calories to be shaved from each serving WITHOUT sacrificing one morsel of flavor.
- nonstick cooking spray
- 9 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed
- 1 (15 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese, drained
- 1 (8 ounce) package neufchatel cheese, softened
- 1⁄2 cup egg substitute (if frozen, thaw)
- 3 1⁄4 tablespoons skim milk
- 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (or other orange-flavored liqueur or brandy)
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 2 egg whites
- 1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- low-fat whipped cream
- bittersweet chocolate curls
- assortment of fresh berries (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
- Coat 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray; dust bottom and sides with the crushed wafers.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the ricotta and Neufchatel cheeses in a large mixing bowl at medium speed - Beat for 3 minutes, or until smooth.
- Add the egg substitute and milk, beat well. Add the cocoa and the nex three ingredients, continuing to beat well.
- At high speed with the electric mixer, beat the egg whites (at room temperature) until soft peaks form; gradually add the sugar (1 tablespoon at a time) and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Fold the egg whites into the cheese mixture; spoon over crushed chocolate wafers.
- Place in oven and bake for 1 hour (Note: Center will be soft, but will firm-up while chilling). Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside for 30 minutes.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let cool to room temperatue; cover and chill at least 4 hours.
- Remove sides of springform pan. Keep refrigerated and serve with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate curls. (Using a potato peeler, scrape warmed chocolate square to make chocolate curls.) If desired, serve with an assortment of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
- Refrigerate leftovers.