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Cheesecake without Cream Cheese

kris9 Aug 20, 2010 08:58 AM

I have been looking for a recipe for cheesecake without the cream cheese in it. I do not like traditional cheesecake because it is just to rich. My grandmother used to make a cheesecake with farmer's cheese but lost the recipe years ago. Can you help?

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  1. Cherylptw Aug 20, 2010 09:00 AM

    I was going to suggest ricotta; it makes a fabulous cheesecake. You can take any recipe and just about sub the farmer's or ricotta for the cream cheese

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    1. re: Cherylptw
      smtucker Aug 20, 2010 09:45 AM

      Most Italian-American cheesecake recipes will use ricotta. I do find that you need to strain most ricotta cheeses before substituting it directly for cream cheese. If you have some muslin cloth, simply drop the ricotta into the cloth, close it with some string and hang it until it stops dripping. Or line a fine mesh strainer with a dish towe, non-bleached paper towel or some coffee filters and let it drip into the sink or a bowl.

      1. re: smtucker
        mcf Aug 20, 2010 11:37 AM

        Maybe due to the flour, the one I posted has never needed draining, but it's not a sub for cream cheese, just a different recipe entirely.

    2. mcf Aug 20, 2010 09:06 AM

      Here's one that's very easy to make and accepts whatever flavoring you choose:


      1. ipsedixit Aug 20, 2010 11:04 AM

        Use a combination of plain Greek yogurt and mascarpone.

        2:1 ratio of yogurt to cheese works well.

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          cocktailhour Aug 20, 2010 11:17 AM

          Goat cheese cheese cake is fabulous.

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          1. re: cocktailhour
            joaniesl Aug 20, 2010 02:25 PM

            Can you substitute marcepone cheese for cream cheese?

            1. re: joaniesl
              Cherylptw Aug 20, 2010 07:51 PM

              I don't see why you couldn't, the consistancy is about the same.

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            toveggiegirl Aug 21, 2010 06:51 PM

            If you would like a cheesecake with farmer's cheese, Rick Rodger's has a recipe in his wonderful cookbook, "Kaffeehaus" for Topfentorte (Farmer's Cheesecake).
            You can find the recipe online here: http://www.recipe-recipes-message-boa...

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