Lisa, I've never made this recipe as I'm leery of the calories and "creeping portion size". I'd do it in the food processor to get it smooth.
Nancy, it's not baked in a pan of water. My usual cheesecake recipes aren't either although I do use a "bain Marie" for some of my custards.
One of these days I'm going to run this recipe through MasterCook to get the calories. I think it will be a bit scary.
I still can't find Neufchatel cheese - maybe we don't have it in Canada? We DO have Red Rose Tea though!