Small New York Baked Low Carb Cheesecake

I posted the recipe for a delicious Large New York Baked Low Carb Cheesecake based on one posted by Angie, Granny Red, on the ADA forum a couple of years ago. It is a rather big cheesecake which I cut into 16 portions of 6gms carb each. Since then I have experimented several times with a reduced size because I found the large cake was too big for our needs. This is the recipe for those who prefer a smaller cake. The size reduction not only cuts the cost in half but is a little easier to prepare and needs less cooking time. The slight increase in egg proportions also tends to make a creamier texture.I have modified the Splenda and sugar proportions as a reasonable compromise between my wife's sweet tooth and my need to keep the carbs down. Feel free to adjust that to suit yourself as the carb count will be directly reduced as you reduce the sugar. The nutrition count is based on the listed details. IngredientsCrust 1 cup almond flour or meal2 tablespoons(tbsp) Splenda1 tbsp sugar4 tbsp butter, melted Filling 12 oz (375gm) cream cheese1/3 cup Splenda2 tbsp sugar2 eggs1 teaspoon(tsp) vanilla extract 1/2 tsp lemon extract or a good squeeze of lemon; orange can be substituted as a variation.8 oz (300ml) sour creamNote: the eggs, cheese and sour cream need to be at room temperature. If the cheese is too stiff to beat easily, sit the containers in warm water for a little while until the cheese softens. MethodCrust Base Use extra butter to grease an 8 or 9 inch (20-25cm) spring-form pan. I also put a circle of greased brown paper on the bottom to be certain the cake does not stick; this step may not be necessary if you use a non-stick pan.   Mix the splenda and almond flour (sometimes I make my own coarse version from almonds in the blender; it works just as well) with melted butter, press evenly onto the bottom of the pan for a thin layer without holes and press any excess up the sides of the pan. If you don't have enough almond flour to go all the way up the sides don't worry; it's not really critical as long as the base is covered. Set the pan aside while mixing the filling. Filling Beat the cream cheese until light and creamy, keeping the mixer on a low-medium setting throughout the beating and mixing process. Add the mixed splenda and sugar a little at a time and continue beating until creamy.Add one egg at a time and beat briefly after each egg. When the eggs have been mixed into the cream cheese add vanilla and lemon extract (or lemon juice) and mix briefly until just combined. Add the sour cream last and beat briefly until fully incorporated. Baking Pour the mixture into the springform pan. Bake at 300 F or 150C for about 40 minutes then check to see if it is set and starting to brown slightly on top. If not, let it cook for another 15 minutes. Try not to over-cook it as it may become too dry. When it is set and beginning to brown turn off the heat, prop open the oven door slightly and leave it in the oven for at least an hour. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool in the spring-form pan to room temperature before placing it in the fridge until the next day. Don't try to serve it on the day of cooking; it will not be set properly if you do. Do not be disappointed if it sinks slightly in the middle. That is normal, or, at least, it was for the ones I made.The result is 8-12 satisfying slices. I individually wrap some in clingwrap for the freezer; they freeze and defrost well. Nutrition per serve: 8 12 Kcals 3000 375 250 Fat 275 34.4 22.9 Carb 100 12.5 8.3 Fibre 12 1.5 1.0 Protein 62 7.8 5.2 Bon appetit, Alan, T2, Australia.Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter

 
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