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Chocolate Marble Cheesecake

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Ingredients :

Crust

  • 1 1/2-cups fine chocolate wafer
  • or chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam, melted

Filling 

  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup yogurt cheese
  • 8 ozs light cream cheese
  • 3/4-cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Directions :

Crust:

Preheat the oven to 350*F

Spray a 9-inch springform pan with no-stick spray; set aside

In a medium bowl, stir together the crumbs and melted jam until well combined

Lightly press the crumbs in the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of the pan

Bake at 350*F for 8 minutes

Set the crust aside

Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees

Filling:

In a blender or food processor, blend or process the cottage cheese until creamy and almost smooth

Add the egg whites, then blend or process just until smooth

Add the yogurt cheese, cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, flour and vanilla

Blend or process until smooth

Transfer half of the filling to a bowl; stir in the cocoa, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and almond extract until well combined

Pour half of each batter mixture into the crust

Repeat pouring the remaining half of each batter into the crust

Using a small metal spatula, gently swirl the two batters

Bake at 375*F for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean

Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes

Loosen the crust from the sides of the pan

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Then cool for 30 minutes more

Remove the sides from the pan

Cool the cheesecake completely

Chill it at least 4 hours before serving

If desired, garnish it with additional fine chocolate wafer crumbs

Makes 12 servings.

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