Honey Lemon Cheesecake
A light, airy cheesecake, made delicious with local cottage cheese. Use Midel Gingersnaps for the crust.
Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly butter a 9" springform pan.
To prepare crust:
Pulse ginger snaps in a food processor into fine crumbs, adding vegetable oil and pulsing again. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Rinse and dry the food processor before proceeding to the next step.
To prepare filling:
Process cottage cheese in the food processor until very smooth and silky. Add cream cheese and blend again. Add sugar, honey, arrowroot powder, lemon juice, vanilla and salt; blend well. Add eggs and lemon zest and pulse again. Scrape filling into crust.
Place the cheesecake pan inside a shallow roasting pan and pour in piping hot water to come about 1" up the outside of the pan. Bake until the edges are set but the center quivers slightly, 50-60 minutes.
Turn off the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool with the door ajar for 1 hour. Then cover cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. (Can be made ahead.)
Serve plain or topped with sliced fresh strawberries mixed with a little honey.