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Margarita Cheesecake
courtesy of Bon Appétit June 1995
Betty Rosbottom: Amherst, Massachusetts
Thank you Betty!

Made with reduced-fat cream cheese and light sour cream, this cheesecake is irresistible - just like its namesake cocktail.

For the crust:
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
3 8-ounce "bricks" Neufchâtel cheese (reduced-fat cream cheese), at room temperature
1 1/4 cups light sour cream
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons triple sec or other orange liqueur
2 1/2 tablespoons tequila
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 large eggs

For the topping:
3/4 cup light sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar

Very thin lime slices, cut in half
Very thin lime peel strips

FOR CRUST: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Spray 9-inch springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides with vegetable oil spray. Mix graham cracker crumbs and butter in medium bowl until blended. Press crumbs over bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Refrigerate crust.

FOR FILLING: Using electric mixer, beat cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in sour cream, then sugar, triple sec, tequila and lime juice. Beat in eggs.

Pour filling into crust. Bake until outside 2 inches are set and center moves only slightly when pan is shaken, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven; turn off oven.

FOR TOPPING: Whisk sour cream, lime juice and sugar in small bowl to blend. Spread evenly over cheesecake. Return cheesecake to hot oven. Let stand 45 minutes or less (Cheesecake will look very soft, but will set up when chilled.) Refrigerate cake until well chilled, up to 1 day.

Run knife around pan sides. Remove pan sides. Place cake on platter. Arrange lime half-slices and peel around top edge of cheesecake.

10 to 12 Servings

*Made with reduced-fat cream cheese


Subj: Margarita Cheesecake Recipe
Date: 6/4/00 8:49:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: MMenta9255@aol.com
To: steve@pulpkitchen.com

Steve,
This recipe sounds great! Thanks for a good one...
Stephanie
Subj: Margarita Cheesecake Recipe
Date: 6/4/00 9:11:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: StrangeVodoo@aol.com
To: steve@pulpkitchen.com

Hi there...
Just a quick thought, watching you this morning, I believe you put 3 eggs in the mixture, and here at the sight, it states 4 eggs? Can you please let me know which is correct? I plan to serve this gorgeous cheesecake at an upcoming reunion.
Thanks,
Michella Dee

Michella,
the recipe calls for 4 eggs. It may have looked like three because one may have broken down already by the time the camera went to the bowl. I hope you enjoy it. It really is tasty.
Steve

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