Saturday, March 14, 2009

Black Forest Cherry Cheesecake

Dark, sweet cherries offset the filling and crust for a dramatic look and the best taste.

16 servings
Cherry topping:
* 2 cups pitted dark sweet cherries
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
* 2 teaspoons cornstarch

* 1 1/3 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 9 1/2 cookie sheets)
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine, melted
* 1 large egg white
* Cooking spray

* 1 cup fat-free sour cream
* 1/2 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
* 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
* 1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
* 1 1/4 cups sugar
* 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2 large eggs
* 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate minichips
* 36 dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved

To prepare the cherry topping, place 2 cups cherries in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Combine the pureed cherries, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour cherry topping into a bowl; cover and chill.

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare the crust, combine crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, butter, and egg white in a bowl; toss with a fork until well-blended. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 300°.

To prepare the filling, combine sour cream, milk, and cheeses in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add 1 1/4 cups sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and eggs; beat well. Stir in minichips. Pour cheese mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 300° for 50 minutes or until almost set (center will not be firm, but will set up as it chills). Turn oven off; cool cheesecake in closed oven 40 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack. Spread cherry topping over cheesecake. Top with cherry halves. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 292 (25% from fat)
Fat: 8.1g (sat 4.3g,mono 2.5g,poly 0.7g)
Protein: 7.6g
Carbohydrate: 47.5g
Fiber: 1.1g
Cholesterol: 43mg
Iron: 0.8mg
Sodium: 233mg
Calcium: 106mg

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