Croatian Cheesecake
Home Cook contest finalist Ally Phillips is in the kitchen cooking a dessert that has been passed down from her grandmother.

Ingredients for Crust

  • 1.25 cups graham crackers, crushed finely
  • 3/4 cup almonds, sliced and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 7 Tbl.salted butter, melted

Ingredients for Filling

  • 1.5 cup cottage cheese, 4%, small curd, drained
  • 1 cup whipped cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 4 Tbl. AP flour
  • Zest and juice of 1.5 lemons
  • 1 (6 oz.) container Greek lemon yogurt
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries

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1) Coat the pan (bottom and sides) with cooking spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of the round bottom and place in the pan.

2) Put the graham crackers, almonds, wheat germ and butter in a medium size mixing bowl. Blend well with your hands. Put into the pan and pat down well firming the crust.

3) In a large mixing bowl, put the cottage cheese, whipped cream cheese, sugar, eggs and flour. Whisk together well. Add the lemon juice and zest. Blend together well. Pour into the pan.

4) Place the pan on a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 325 oven about 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick basically comes clean from the center. (Note: Doneness also is evident when the top begins showing ‘cracks’.)

5) Remove to a cooling rack. Take a butter knife and gently move around the perimeter of the cheesecake loosening the sides.

6) Disengage the pan when the cheesecake is completely cooled.

7) If not serving immediately, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

8) When ready to serve, put the lemon yogurt on the top spreading around. Sprinkle on the blueberries. Refrigerate or slice immediately.

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