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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How To Make Delicious Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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Low-carb diets are greatly popular among health-conscious individuals who want to lose weight. However, when we talk about low-carb diets, people tend to think of flavorless food, without texture-unless you include things like cardboard. While this actually makes sense-there is always some truth to every rumor--people who try to undergo a diet often settle for low-carb diets made up of all healthy foods. Here I want to introduce the concept that going on a diet does not mean that people also have to deprive themselves of the occasional indulgence: peanut butter cheesecakes, for example.

We can thank early physicians for the original development of "peanut paste." They recognized that peanuts are high in protein, easy to grow, and the result is that PB has become a part of American life now for over two hundred years. Discovered in the 1920's, this spread is now produced by the tons. During World War II, the meat shortage helped facilitate the introduction of peanut butter as the creamy spread we crave today. Thus, it has gone on to become an iconic American food.

Although cheesecake can be traced back as early as the 1st Century A.D., it spread to Western Europe sometime around 1000 A.D., during the Roman empire. In New York, while Americans suffered the Great Depression, restaurants began experimenting with cream cheese in the recipes (before this time, cottage cheese was used in the recipes). This is why we now have the distinction between cheesecake and "New York" cheesecake.

We now have the added luxury of combining these two mouthwatering pleasures into a sinfully delightful, creamy peanut butter cheesecake. This dessert is a great way to indulge in one's cravings for both PB and cheesecake. Both are so rich, they can be enjoyed in small portions-just a bite or two-or as a full dessert slice.

These days, it is possible to make a delicious low-carb peanut butter cheesecake, which is an excellent way to cut back on fat calories, while at the same time indulging in a mouthwatering dessert.

All you need are these simple, easy ingredients:
• 8 oz. Cream cheese, softened
• 2 Tbsp. Artificial sweetener
• 3/4 c. Peanut butter, unsweetened
• 1 c. Almonds, ground
• 1 c. Butter
• 1 c. Whipping cream

For the crust: Mix together almonds and butter until they form a paste. Press them gently into a pie pan. Refrigerate.

For the filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer, blend the cream cheese and artificial sweetener; beat until fluffy. Add the peanut butter to the mixture and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time. Fold in the whipping cream.
Pour mixture into the refrigerated crust and bake until the center comes out clean, 30-45 minutes, depending on the oven.
Cool on a wire rack and chill before serving.

Anne Bernstein
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