Lemon Grape Cheesecake
Why I Love This Recipe
Ingredients You'll Need
13 low-fat honey graham cracker boards
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup grape jelly
2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz. each) regular cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs
red and blue food coloring
1-3/4 cup red seedless grapes
1/4 cup liquid pasteurized egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons grape jelly
Heat oven to 325ºF.
Crust: In food processor, crush graham crackers to fine crumbs. Transfer to bowl. Stir in butter, sugar, rind and salt until evenly moistened. Press over bottom and partway up side of 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate.
Filling: In a small glass bowl, microwave jelly on medium-high for 20 seconds, or until smooth. Let cool. In large bowl, beat cream cheeses until smooth. Add sugar-cornstarch mixture, lemon rind and juice; beat until smooth. Add eggs; beat until creamy. Remove 1 cup batter to a small bowl. Beat cooled jelly into 1 cup batter. Tint light purple with red and blue food coloring. Dollop white batter into crust, alternating with purple batter. Swirl to combine.
Bake in 325ºF oven about 55 to 60 minutes, or until center is set on top but still jiggles slightly when tapped. Transfer to wire rack; run a thin knife between cake and edge of pan. Cool 2 hours, then refrigerate 2 hours or more.
Garnish: Rinse grapes; pat dry. Place egg whites in a bowl. Place sugar in a second bowl. Working with 4 grapes at a time, coat with egg whites, then with sugar. Place on a sheet of waxed paper to dry. Repeat.
To serve: Remove side of pan. Remove cake from bottom using thin spatula. Microwave jelly on high for 15 seconds. Pour onto cheesecake; spread with pastry brush. Top with grapes.