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Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

November 13, 2017

These bars are really just small cheesecakes with a double dose of fresh blueberries — yum!

Ingredients Makes 9 bars

CRUST
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour 125 mL
2 tbsp granulated sugar 30 mL
21⁄2 tbsp cold butter, cubed 37 mL
TOPPING
4 oz cream cheese, softened (see Tips) 125 g

3 tbsp granulated sugar 45 mL
1 egg (see Tips) 1
1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest 5 mL
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 5 mL
1⁄4 cup blueberry jam 60 mL
1⁄4 cup fresh blueberries 60 mL

Instructions

Prep
  • Preparation: 20 minutes
  • Baking: 45 minutes
  • Freezing: excellent
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)
  • 8- by 4-inch (20 by 10 cm) loaf pan, greased and lined with parchment paper
  1. Crust: In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan.
  2. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden around the edges. Let cool in pan on a wire rack while preparing topping.
  3. Topping: In a small bowl, using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg, lemon zest and lemon juice, beating until smooth.
  4. Spread jam over cooled crust. Sprinkle blueberries on top. Pour cheese mixture over blueberries, spreading with a spoon to cover berries.
  5. Return pan to oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or just until set. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan, using parchment liner. Cut into bars.
You can beat the cheesecake mixture with a wooden spoon, but the texture will not be as light. Bring eggs and cream cheese to room temperature before using, for easy blending. If you have to soften cream cheese in a hurry, the microwave works well. Microwave on High for 15 to 20 seconds. Bars will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or can be frozen for up to 3 months (separate layers with waxed paper). Thaw and bring to room temperature before serving.
Replace the blueberry jam and fresh blueberries with strawberry or raspberry jam and sliced fresh strawberries or raspberries.

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