We made this yesterday to replace my birthday cake. It was FABULOUS and tastes just like regular cheesecake, IMO. I can't find almond meal around here, so I just ground up some almonds in my Ninja and used them. I used Splenda for my sweetener. I used regular cream cheese b/c the fat free cream cheese had a lot more sugar and carbs in it. We didn't use a water bath or a pizza stone...we just put it in at 400 degrees and immediately turned it down to 200. It came out beautiful.
* 3 packages (1 and 1/2 lbs) neufchatel cheese (room temperature)
* 4 eggs (preferably room temperature)
* 1 and 1/2 teaspoon (1/2 Tablespoon) vanilla
* 1 and 1/2 teaspoon (1/2 Tablespoon) lemon juice
* 1 and 1/3 cups sugar equivalent of artificial sweetener
* 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
* 1 cup almond meal
* 2 Tablespoon melted approved butter
* 2 Tablespoon sugar equivalent in artificial sweetener
Heat oven to 375 F.
If you have bricks or a pizza stone or unglazed ceramic tile*, put them on the lower rack of the oven. This will hold the heat in the oven. This is good for cheesecakes not baked in a water bath. (Well, actually, it's helpful for any kind of baking, as it keeps the heat in the oven more constant. I keep a pizza stone in the oven most of the time.)
Combine ingredients for crust, and press into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until fragrant and beginning to brown.
Raise oven heat to 400 F, or lower to 350 F if you're using a water bath (see below).
Put cream cheese in mixing bowl, and beat until fluffy. Add other ingredients, scraping the bowl and beaters each time (this is very important), fully incorporating each ingredient. When all ingredients are combined, scrape one more time, beat one more minute, and pour mixture into pan over crust.
Instructions for water bath:
Wrap the bottom and sides of the springform pan in foil, put it in a baking pan and pour boiling water around the sides. Bake at 350 F for 60 to 90 minutes, checking often. When the cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the center, or the center reaches 155 F, remove from oven.
Instructions for non-water bath:
For this method, you start the cake at a high temperature, and it slowly drops. If you have stoneware, bricks, etc, this allows it to happen at a slower rate, and I get better results in less time. Put the cheesecake on a sheet pan in case of drippage. After putting the cheesecake in the oven at 400 F, turn the oven down to 200 F. Bake for 60 to 90 minutes, checking often after an hour. When the cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the center, or the center reaches 155 F, remove from oven.
Chill completely. Top with fruit, if desired, such as Sugar-Free Strawberry Topping.
Makes 16 servings.
Each serving has 2 grams effective carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber, 6 grams protein, and 221 calories.