By: Jan P.
The store I went to only sold reduced cream cheese by 8 oz pkg, so went with that. Also the cottage cheese was only sold by 16 oz pkg, so I went with that. I used the regular granulated sugar (not the brown). I do own a food processor and I ground the cottage cheese pretty darn well, but there were still a few very small bits in the final product. I mention this as on observation, it didn't detract from the look or flavor.
Now, I made this because my mom _specifically_ said she saw an orange cream cheese somewhere and craved it. I wanted to make one for her birthday, but I just can't stand the thought of the calories involved in a regular cheesecake, so I was excited to find this recipe. I made it for her birthday dinner. It got RAVE reviews, everyone loved it, including mom, hubby, myself and kids. That's a keeper!
It's very luxuriously creamy , yet light and not as dense as a regular cake, but honestly, regular cheesecake is too dense, this has a very nice balance and it strikes a bright note, thanks to the orange zest.
I would make this again for a birthday, company or potluck, no problem!