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Hungry Girl Today: 4.23.13
CHEW THE RIGHT THING
HG's Cherry-Good Cheesecake
Cherry On, My Wayward Yum...
The first-ever ALL-DESSERT cookbook -- Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts -- hits shelves in two weeks!!! (Click NOW to pre-order!) Can't wait? Celebrate with this cher-rific cheesecake recipe, under 200 calories a slice! Open up and say mmmmm...
16 oz. fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar (or HG Alternative)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 oz. (about 2/3 cup) fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt, room temperature
1/2 cup liquid egg whites (about 4 egg whites), room temperature
2 tbsp. lemon juice, room temperature
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 cups frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries, partially thawed and chopped
1/3 cup granulated white sugar (or HG Alternative)
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform cake pan with nonstick spray.
To make the cheesecake, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. With an electric mixer set to medium speed, beat until smooth, 1 - 2 minutes.
Continue to beat while gradually adding yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, flour, and cinnamon. Beat until uniform, about 2 minutes.
Evenly pour mixture into the cake pan. Bake until firm, 40 - 45 minutes. Let cool completely, about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, to make the topping, combine cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water in a medium nonstick pot, and stir to dissolve. Add remaining topping ingredients, and stir well. Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until mixture is thick and gooey, 8 - 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl, and let cool completely.
Evenly pour topping over the cooled cheesecake in the pan. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
Once ready to serve, release springform, and dig in!
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1 slice (1/8th of cake)
PointsPlus® value 5*
HG Alternative: Swap out the sugar for the same amount of Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), and each serving will have 125 calories, 16.5g carbs, and 8.5g sugars (PointsPlus® value 3*).
Cherry Cheesecake, Average
How disappointing is it when you finally find the courage to look up the nutritional info for that decadent dessert you've been eyeing... and your worst fears are confirmed? Ugh. You start negotiating with yourself. "But this one is topped with fruit!" The giant looming nutritionals stare back impassively. WHY must cheesecake be so cruel? Well, it's primarily eggs, cheese, and sugar... What did you expect? Good thing we've got a recipe worthy of your affection. Our swap is everything you want -- sweet, creamy, rich, and satisfying -- without all the annoying fat grams and sugary calories that usually bog down cheesecake. Top it all off with gooey cherry goodness, and enjoy! Take the "Fight It!" stats here as a warning, and do NOT order this dessert at a restaurant. (No need, with our amazing swap!) Have a "cherry" good day!
Serving Size: 1 slice
PointsPlus® value 13*
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You guessed it. Today, April 23rd, is National Cherry Cheesecake Day! So head off to your kitchen to make today's recipe. Do it, do it...
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