Berry pie moves cottage cheese beyond boring

  • Tue Jul 17th, 2012 12:43pm
  • Life

By Alison Ladman Associated Press

Could there be a food more heavily burdened with a dull reputation?

Has anyone even eaten cottage cheese since the 1970s?

Turns out that like so many foods today, this aged icon of the fat-free diet movement has been getting the artisanal treatment by cheesemakers around the country, giving fresh life to a food most of us haven’t thought about in decades.

So we decided it was time to reimagine how we eat it and come up with a recipe worthy of the new breed of high-quality cottage cheeses.

Cottage cheese pie

116-ounce container cottage cheese, divided

1/2cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

Salt

1cup all-purpose flour

2whole eggs

2egg yolks

1/2cup sugar

Zest and juice of 1 orange

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1/4cup heavy cream

Fresh berries, to serve

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, the butter and a pinch of salt until well combined. Add the flour and beat just until incorporated.

Form the dough into a round and transfer to a lightly floured counter. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 12-inch circle, then fit it into a 9-inch pie pan. Trim off most of the overhang, leaving about 1/2 inch. Crimp the edge with a decorative flute or fold the excess under itself and crimp with a fork. Set the pie pan on a baking sheet and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks and sugar until smooth and slightly frothy. Stir in the orange and lime zests and juices, along with the heavy cream and remaining cottage cheese. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pie shell and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until just set in the middle.

Allow to cool to room temperature and serve topped with fresh berries. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Makes 8 servings. Per serving: 290 calories; 150 calories from fat (52 percent of total calories); 17 g fat (10 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 140 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrate; 11 g protein; 1 g fiber; 260 mg sodium.