Raisin Cheesecake

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Difficulty: Medium
Prep Time: More than 15 Minutes
Total Time: More than 1 hour

1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup reg. raisins
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 {3-oz} pkg cream cheese
1 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 pkg. unflavoured gelatin
3 egg whites
1 cup boiling water
2 tbsp water
Put all the raisins in a small bowl, and pour hot water over them. Set the bowl aside. Heat 1/4 cup. sugar with 2 tbsp water in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil the mixture until the bubbles rise to the surface in a random pattern. With a small spoon, drop a bit of the sugar into a bowl filled with ice water. If the sugar dissolves immediately, continue cooking the sugar mixture. Remove from heat when the sugar dropped into the water can be rolled between your fingers into a ball.

Begin beating the egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed. Pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl in a thin, steady stream. When all the sugar has been incorporated, decrease mixer speed to medium. Continue beating until the egg whites are glossy, have formed stiff peaks, and have cooled to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Increase the speed to high, and beat the meringue for 1 minute more. Puree the yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup white sugar in a food processor or blender. Scrape the cheese mixture into a large bowl. Pour the milk into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the milk. Let it stand until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Heat the milk over a medium heat, stirring until the gelatin is dissolved. Stir the milk into the cheese mixture to lighten it. Gently fold in the rest of the meringue.

Line an 8 cake pan with plastic wrap. Drain the raisins, and scatter them in the bottom of the pan. Chill for 4 hour to turn out the cheesecake, invert a serving plate on top of the pan. Turn both over together. Lift away the pan, peel off the plastic wrap, and slice for serving.

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