A less-dense cheesecake



Thelma Novak of Baltimore has been searching for many years to find a recipe for cheesecake like the one her mother considered to be the best. It had somewhat unique ingredients in that it used cottage cheese, cream cheese and sour cream.

Rachel Silbert from Ellicott City sent in her cheesecake recipe that she says has never failed her. It makes a traditional-tasting, rich cheesecake with a graham-cracker crust. The addition of the cottage cheese perhaps serves to make the cake somewhat less dense than other versions I have tried.

As with any cheesecake, it is best to let all the ingredients come to room temperature before mixing. This helps to prevent the top from cracking as it cools.


Serves 10 to 12


2 1/2 cups crushed graham-cracker crumbs

3/4 cup melted butter


1 pound cottage cheese

1 pound cream cheese

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 cup melted butter

1 tablespoon flour

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 pint sour cream

Combine crust ingredients and press into bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool and fill with the cheesecake filling.

Make the filling by beating together the cottage cheese, cream cheese and sugar until very smooth and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, vanilla and lemon juice. Then add the butter, flour, cornstarch and sour cream. Beat all ingredients thoroughly.

Pour into prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Turn oven off, open oven door slightly and let the cake set for 3 hours without touching. Chill 5 hours or more before serving.

Per serving (based on 12 servings): 583 calories; 13 grams protein; 41 grams fat; 24 grams saturated fat; 44 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram fiber; 172 milligrams cholesterol; 523 milligrams sodium

Recipe Requests

Bettye Steinberg of Baltimore has misplaced an old favorite recipe for what she calls "Chocolate Snowballs." They contained Hershey's cocoa, milk, sugar and vanilla and after they were made, they went in the freezer.

Elizabeth Munro of Rapid City, S.D., is looking for a recipe for light waffles made with club soda.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@baltsun.com.

The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.