Very Low Fat Apricot Cheesecake


My Recipe

Published in Sunset Magazine

I modified a Gourmet recipe to make it low fat and sent it off to Sunset Magazine. About a year later they published in a cover story about low fat cheesecake. I was shocked to get a $50 check, an advance copy of the magazine and a “Great Cook” certificate. They made a couple of small modifications to make it even more low fat. It’s very good, but a lot softer than the full fat version of Apricot Cheesecake.


  • 1 3/4  cups dried apricots
  • 2/3  cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • 3  tablespoons apricot-flavor liqueur or brandy
  • 3  packages (8 oz. each) nonfat cream cheese
  • 3/4  cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1  large egg
  • 2  large egg whites
  • 1  cup nonfat yogurt cheese or reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/3  cup apricot jam


Set aside 8 apricot halves. In a 1- to 2-quart pan, bring remaining  apricots and 1/2 cup water to a boil, then cover and simmer just until fruit is plumped, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine crumbs and melted butter. Pat evenly over bottom and 3/4 inch up side of an 8-inch cheesecake pan with removable rim.

In a food processor, smoothly purée cooked apricots and any liquid. Add liqueur, cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, egg, and egg whites. Whirl until smooth (or combine ingredients in a bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth).

Scrape mixture into prepared pan. Bake in a 350° oven until cake jiggles only slightly in the center when gently shaken, about 25 minutes.

Mix yogurt cheese with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Spoon onto cake and gently spread to cover top. Bake just until topping is heated, about 5 minutes.

Run a thin-bladed knife between cake and pan rim. Refrigerate cake, uncovered, until cool, about 2 hours. Remove pan rim.

Melt jam (in a microwave oven or in a small pan over medium heat), stirring often. Rub jam through a fine strainer into a bowl; discard residue. Spoon about 3/4 of the jam evenly over cold cheesecake, then spread gently to coat evenly.

Cut each reserved dried apricot half in half and arrange pieces on cake. Spoon remaining jam onto apricot pieces to coat evenly. Chill until jam is set, about 10 minutes. Serve, or if making ahead, cover with a bowl or a foil tent and chill up to 2 days. Cut cake into wedges.


Drain at least 3 cups nonfat yogurt to get 1 cup yogurt cheese for this recipe.

CALORIES 287(9.1% from fat); FAT 2.9g(sat 1.2g); PROTEIN 15g; CHOLESTEROL 33mg; SODIUM 435mg; FIBER 2.1g; CARBOHYDRATE 51g

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