Cottage Cheesecake



Cheesecake is so delicious.  I've always wanted to make it, but since my husband detests cream cheese more than just about every other food that exists I've stuck to other options.  A few months ago I learned you can cream cottage cheese and use it as a cream cheese substitute, and I made Stuffed Maple Syrup Biscuits that came out great.  I've had this cheesecake made with cottage cheese recipe saved for a while, and finally decided to give it a shot.


To make the graham cracker crust, I decided to use my blender since that's the tool called for make the pie filling. I crushed up about 1/3 of the package of graham crackers with my hands and put them in the blender.


After a few minutes, I had the perfect graham crumbs.


I mixed the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a pie dish, then pressed the mixture into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pie dish. I went with brown sugar instead of regular for a flavor boost.


Next I thoroughly rinsed out the blender and used it to cream the cottage cheese and other filling ingredients together until they were well blended and smooth in consistency.  I poured the mixture into the pie crust and put it in the preheated oven.


I let the cake bake for 1 hour, and tested the center with a toothpick.  I opened up the oven half way though to check it and it smelled amazing!


Wow! It was a lighter cake and was just the right amount of sweet. The crust was so amazing with the brown sugar and was the perfect accent for the cake. Delicious!

Cottage Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients:

For the crust:
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For the filling:
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Put melted butter in a pie dish and stir in graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and cinnamon. Press firmly into pie dish. In a blender, combine cottage cheese, milk, eggs, flour, lemon juice, vanilla, sugar and salt and blend until smooth. Pour the finished mixture into the prepared crust. Bake for 1 hour, or until filling is firm. Allow to cool completely and store refrigerated.

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