Friday, May 24, 2013

Blueberry Cream Cheese Bars!


 
 

 I saw this recipe in the barbeque issue of this month's Taste of the South magazine.  It caught my attention because it had two of my favorite things in it...blueberries and cream cheese and I had both in my refrigerator.   It turned out to be a good recipe also and I only modified it with a little tweak here and there.   Here is what you will need: 

1  1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
3/4 cup butter, melted
2  (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups fresh blueberries
powdered sugar for garnish

Preheat oven to 375.

Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick baking spray with flour or butter and flour it.

In a mixing bowl, combine the 1  1/4 cups flour, melted butter,  3/4 cup sugar and oats. 

Lightly press this mixture in the bottom of the baking dish.   Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool.   Reduce the heat to 325 degrees.

While the crust is cooling prepare the filling.   In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar together with an electric mixer.   Add in the 2 Tbs. flour, the eggs, vanilla and the lemon juice and blend just until mixed together.  

Sprinkle the blueberries evenly over the crust. 

Pour the cream cheese filling over all.   Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the center comes out clean or the center is firm to touch.   Remove and allow to cool for 2 hours.  Chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.  Remove and cut in squares.  Garnish by sprinkling each square with powdered sugar. 








17 comments:

  1. Plain or self-rising flour?

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    1. Plain or all purpose. When a recipe doesn't specify, it is calling for all purpose.

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  2. I need an answer to the question " do you cook the oats or use dry " please!!

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    1. No, uncooked. It would say cooked oats otherwise.

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  3. Could you substitute raspberries?

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  4. I was just going to ask if anyone had tried substituting raspberries... ;) Jan, did you try it? Did it turn out?

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    1. I used strawberries. I imagine you could substitute the blueberries for almost any type of fruit! Turned out deliously!

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  5. This looks yummy and the possibilities are endless with all the wonderful fruits that can be subbed for the blueberries! Definitely on my to make list :) Thanks!

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  6. Can I use frozen Berries?

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    1. frozen berries have lots of free juice - let them thaw - take off the juice and go for it.

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  7. I made this last night and they are delish !!!!

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  8. BLUEBERRIES ARE IN SEASON RIGHT NOW SO THIS IS A GOOD RECIPE TO USE THEM IN.

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  9. love blueberries, cream cheese, will try this tonite, sound soooo good.

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  10. 3/4 cup each of sugar and oats?

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    1. Recipe says 1 3/4 cup sugar, divided (3/4 cup for 1 cup oats for crust) and the rest of the sugar (1 cup) for filling. Hope that helps.

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    2. A recipe must. Very forgiving. Fresh friut, frozen drained. Even figs reconstututed added a warm bread taste. Wonderful balance of cream cheese, lemon(I used sm amt zest) and pure vanilla. Thanks.

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