Baked Peanut Butter Cheesecake—Prototype 5:
It has been quite a while (probably about a few years) since I last made a peanut-butter-only cheesecake. From that time, I have done many refinements on other flavors. So the latest peanut butter prototype presented here features many changes. In particular, the batter is the same mixture as what was used in Prototype 6 of my chocolate peanut butter cheesecake.
2-to-1 Blend of Yogurt Cheese and Cottage Cheese:
Prepare ahead of time 32 ounces of yogurt cheese, derived from two 32-ounce containers (that's 64 ounces altogether) of nonfat yogurt. If the resulting yogurt cheese falls below 32 ounces, add back enough of the whey (that was strained out from the yogurt) to make up the difference. To this yogurt cheese combine one 16-ounce container of whipped, lowfat cottage cheese.

Grease a 9 1/2" (or 9") pan, but do not wrap foil around it until just before the batter is added (spreading the crust in an already wrapped pan can result in greater disturbance to the foil, thus increasing leakage risks).

2 oz. melted, white chocolate
4 oz. unsalted peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
8 oz. (1 cup) 2-to-1 blend of yogurt cheese and cottage cheese (see above)
2 oz. All-Bran, ground up

Pour this crust mixture into pan (9 to 9 1/2 inches) and pre-bake without tub at 300 degrees for 10 minutes, then cool enough to comfortably touch at least the pan's upper sidewall.

4 tablespoons melted/softened butter (unsalted recommended)
8 oz. unsalted peanut butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons arrowroot
40 oz. (5 cups) 2-to-1 blend of yogurt cheese and cottage cheese (see above)
4 eggs

Pour on top of crust. Bake in tub at 300 degrees for 100 minutes (if using a 9 1/2" pan). Then cool down while still in oven (with this oven shut off) and in tub with door slightly ajar for an hour. Afterwards, remove from oven and tub (right after doing so, add a border of peanut butter—or other flavor—chips around the cheesecake's top edge, if desired). Then continue to cool down at room temperature for another 100 minutes, then remove from pan and refrigerate.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake—Prototype 5

This was a really delicious peanut butter dessert. The updated crust was very tasty with a decent amount of sweetness. And the batter was great as well. Nearly all the cheesecake was gone within about an hour at Living Hope Church on a Sunday in early December of 2014.

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