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Light and Luscious Strawberry Cheesecake w/ Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Yield: one 9-inch cheesecake (14 servings)

Strawberry Cheesecake w Fresh Strawberry Sauce1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons melted margarine or butter
1 carton (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar, divided 3/4 and 1/4
2/3 cup flour
4 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup nonfat light sour cream substitute
3 pint baskets California strawberries, stemmed
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup strawberry or red currant jelly, melted

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In medium bowl mix crumbs and margarine. Press onto bottom and 2 inches up sides of lightly greased 9-inch cheesecake pan; set aside. 

To make filling, in mixer bowl beat ricotta cheese until smooth. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar, the flour, egg yolks, lemon peel and vanilla; mix well. Stir in sour cream substitute to blend thoroughly.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into cheese mixture. Pour into prepared crust; smooth top. 

Bake 1 hour. Turn off oven; cool in oven 1 hour with door ajar. Remove from oven; chill thoroughly.

Meanwhile, to make sauce, in blender or food processor puree 2 baskets of the strawberries with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the lemon juice; strain sauce to remove seeds. Cover and chill.

To complete cake, halve remaining strawberries; arrange on top of cake. Brush strawberries with jelly. Cut cake into wedges; serve with sauce.

Nutritional Information
290 calories; 12 g fat; 70 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium; 40 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 7 g protein.

Source: California Strawberry Commission

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